27 September, 2020

His Life Is Dedicated To Helping Unsung Craftspeople

His Life Is Dedicated To Helping Unsung Craftspeople
Up at the metaphorical heights of rich Malabar Hill in Mumbai, even souls, it's said, are kept away in safety vaults. Here you find Rottweilers that've been to school, and Gurkhas who haven't. But it's in precisely this setting that a timeless Parsi woman has spent a lifetime striving to help craftsmen, rural artistes who cannot use hot air as sales pitch. There's a lot of space in her house for a single woman to move about, and elegant dead men look down from the walls at the presiding sophistication. It's all so removed from the kind of people she deals with everyday.

Yet, when Roshan Kalapesi looks up from the morning paper, she looks every inch the kind old woman who trains simple impoverished artistes to sell their work at a good price. As a former president of the Crafts Council of India and currently as a patron of Paramparik Karigar, an association of craftspeople, she has had a long involvement with supposedly low-brow...



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