Kalagram at Ramanbaug School, Pune


S. D. (Shi Da) Phadnis talks about the art of cartoon drawing
S. D. (Shi Da) Phadnis talks about the art of cartoon drawing

It is refreshing to see an educational institution implementing a project which involves developing a garden so that their students can utilise it for all kinds of art forms. We were at the inaugural event of “Kalagram”, an initiative of Ramanbaug School at Pune.

The inauguration was done by senior cartoonist Shri. S. D. (Shi. Da.) Phadnis who demonstrated the art of cartoon drawing apart from talking to the children who were enthusiastic participants on this occasion. Artist Chitra Vaidya also demonstrated water colour painting for the children.


S. D. (Shi Da) Phadnis with his cartoon drawing
S. D. (Shi Da) Phadnis with his cartoon drawing

Chitra Vaidya demonstrating watercolour painting
Chitra Vaidya demonstrating watercolour painting

S. D. (Shi Da) and Chitra Vaidya with their creations


Chitra Vaidya with her watercolour painting
Chitra Vaidya with her watercolour painting


A key feature of Kalagram is the resolve to make it completely environmentally friendly. Thus the garden is watered by a pump which is powered by a stationary bicycle kept there and children take turns to pedal it.

Concluding part of the session
Concluding part of the session


Hope many more educational institutions take inspiration from this model and create such beautiful spaces in their campuses. 

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