Published on: May 18, 2023

‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ cultural exhibition

‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ cultural exhibition

Why in news? ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ a specially curated cultural exhibition at Kala Bhoomi inaugurated by Shri G. Kishan Reddy and Shri Naveen Patnaik at the 2nd G20 Culture Working meet in Bhubaneshwar.


  • The theme of the exhibition is reflective of second priority of Culture Working Group (CWG) – ‘Harnessing Living Heritage for a Sustainable Future.’
  • The exhibition showcases more than 35 crafts and various languages and scripts of India through objects and live teaching demonstrations.
  • ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ is composed of three constituent experiences – – which encapsulate these manifold aspects.
    • Akshara,
    • Stambh,
    • Demonstrations  by master artisans and teachers
  • The first section of the exhibition ‘Akshara – Crafting Indian Scripts,’ highlights diverse languages and craft practices of India, reflecting unique worldviews and traditions. Through a new design vocabulary, Akshara showcases the visual beauty of India’s scripts, expressed through alphabets, verses, phrases, poems, and colloquial sayings.
  • The Second section ‘Stambh: Craft, Collaboration and Continuity,’ explores indigenous crafts practices and their contemporary expressions. This section showcases functional objects designed with elements of traditional crafts, through collaborations with artisans, adapted for urban audiences.
  • The exhibition will also have master classes, demonstrations, and DIY activities with renowned crafts practitioners.

The focus of the Culture Working Group

  • It focuses on four key priority areas:
    • Protection and Restitution of Cultural Property;
    • Harnessing Living Heritage for a Sustainable Future;
    • Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries and Creative Economy; and
    • Leveraging Digital Technologies for the Protection and Promotion of Culture.

India’s campaign:

  • ‘Culture Unites All’ is a campaign to highlight India’s belief in multilateralism based on peaceful coexistence among diverse cultures and communities.