Origami Workshop (2017)

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which began its journey in the 17th Century AD and has passed from one generation to another. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts and glue are not practiced in Origami. Origami is fun, easy, inexpensive and great for sharing with others.
 
The Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata organized two ORIGAMI WORKSHOPS as mentioned below. Mrs. Junko Bhattacharya was present as the Origami instructor demonstrating the technique of folding a piece of paper into various objects with her fine skills.

 

Mahadevi Birla Niketan

The origami workshop at Mahadevi Birla Niketan was organized on 27 February 2017. It is an old age home situated at Bagirhat on Diamond Harbour Road. Around 30 elderly residents of the old age home participated in the workshop. Mrs. Bhattacharya demonstrated how to make some utility items like book mark and box which can also be used in daily life.
 
                   
 
Origami is a good exercise for the brain and great for hand-eye coordination. It is a good form of physical therapy stimulating the cognitive area of the brain as it involves finger tips. When one finishes a certain design there is a feeling of satisfaction and pride.

 

Deeksha Vidyalaya

This is a small primary school located at Dihi village of Sonarpur, run by an NGO, Deeksha Educational Trust. The Origami workshop was conducted on 1 March 2017 in which around 30 children between 7 to 14 years of age took part with great enthusiasm. They enjoyed making items out of paper like samurai headwear, bookmark and lotus.

                      
 
After the workshop, Mrs. Bhattacharya distributed some of her self-made paper figures to all the children who took part.