Thatta Kedona

Culture is a Basic Need

Culture is a basic need

Cultural curators say the most important factors for the current development were laid in the 19th century. The rejection of thinking and acting as a community meant for the technology an enormous increase in the industrial production because the division of work led to higher productivity and new professions and it appeared on the face of it to increase the standard of living in western cultures (for example the Taylorism as introduced in Ford automobile factories).

Analysis of the society by political and economic thinkers led to development theories, which could not foresee the effects of these policies as evidenced today. The cardinal error by these theorists was the euro-centristic model, i.e. nobody took the happenings in other cultures into consideration..

In Smith's economic system, the free market functioned globally, as long as global meant regionally and maximum on a national level.

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 10:44 AM, ,

The Market of People

Dr. Senta Siller has been busy in displaying beautiful handmade dolls from Pakistan at bazaars in the ethnological Museum in Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Vienna Austria and bringing them to “market of people.”

Dr Senta Siller got an award in Brandenburg for the work in the Project Landgut Borsig. Here are some images of Dr. Senta Siller with Dr Posch – the former Austrian Ambassador in Pakistan.
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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 4:20 PM, ,

Visible Change

On the occasion of the 75th birthday of Dr. Siller Siller,  I on my own behalf and on the behalf of all other volunteers associated with Thatta Kedona we take this opportunity to thank her heartily for her exemplary and untiring efforts towards the cause.

Twenty years are a long time for a village NGO, or for that matter any other organizations from private and government sectors. The Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama in district Okara (near Gogera) has come a long way in th last two decades. From the start, the NGO never aimed at mass production and has focused on high quality products in small.

The work of the NGO is based upon artistic handicraft. Remember, a large machine based production would be dependent upon the energy supply, which in this country, is hardly available 24 hours.

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 4:10 PM, ,

On the way in the Five Rivers Land

by Ulrike Vestring

Some time ago we came to know about a blog publication of a former volunteer from our village project, Mr. Werner Schroeder see here:

It is a great pleasure for us to announce that we have received the news of another publication *, u.z. by Ulrike Vestring, who lived in Pakistan for six years as the wife of the ambassador at the time, until 1994, where she also visited Senta Siller at the village project and stayed overnight. At that time it was not a problem for ambassadors to go to the country unprotected to really get to know the country and its people

U. Vestring also published in Women in Pakistan (1996), as well as in Dolls, Toys and More (2012).

Among others you will find a lovely story on p.149-156: Rani from Thatta Ghulamka

5x5 Stories About Life in Pakistan

164 pages


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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 7:06 PM, ,

Thatta Kedona - There are no coincidences

Sadly, although our blog has existed since January 2004, and in the years before that there were always newspaper reports and interviews by our volunteers in the local press, but we have not heard anything from Werner Schroeder, who was with us in the project around the year 2000 and helped develop doll shoes with the project initiator Dr Senta Siller - we have not heard from him since a long time!

Therefore, we were very pleased to receive information from our partners in the DGFK about a book publication by him:

From Lahore to Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka in the fertile five-river province of Pakistan, and then from Lahore via Rawalpindi and Islamabad into the to the Himalayas.

The text is written in German, but we found ourselves the rich illustrations and hope to translate the work into English with the help of our friends in Pakistan.

Indeed we are very pleased that our former foreign volunteers found inspiration and hospitality at the project and that they have made valuable contributions through essays, novels, films and research projects, the project has even inspired artists.

Our village, with around 1000 inhabitants, has acted as an ambassador for Pakistan not only locally, regionally and nationally, but also internationally in exhibitions and museums through the Doll Project initiated by Dr. Senta Siller.

We are truly grateful to all our friends and helpers, above all Dr Senta Siller, and also hope for a good future for the Senta Siller Design Center (SSDC).

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 10:00 PM, ,

Liebe Freunde meiner Kunst/ Dear Friends of my Art/ hola Amigos de mi arte!

Am 30/31 Mai und am 1 Juni 2020 in der Zeit von 11-19 Uhr zeige ich neue Skulpturen die als Resultat meiner Arbeit und Studienreisen durch 5Länder auf 3 Kontinenten in 8 Monaten gesehen werden können. Außerdem zeige ich die Arbeiten aus Holz/Stein/Metall und Papier die während der Arbeit und Studienreise2019 entstanden sind auf meinen Arbeitsplatz in der Messiger Str.23 in 17111 Sommersdorf !!!

Ich freue mich auf jeden Neugierigen und Interessierten Besucher. Bitte beachtet die geltenden Bestimmungen wegen der Coronasituation !!

For the 30/31 May and 1 Juni 2020 from the 11am -7pm its the Day of open Studios Iam to show from new sculpture and works from my Work and Studien visits of 5 Contrys from 3 Continents and 8 Months from 2019.

The Show its of my Workplace of the Messiger Street 23 from 17111 Sommersdorf. Please to respect the Regulations of the Pandemie !!!!
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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 2:46 PM, ,

Visit by Students Group in the TGD village near Okara

Once again the opportunity arose that Prof. Aamir Rafique (Punjab University) and Prof. Norbert Pintsch arranged for a visit by Pakistani students from Punjab University on 6th March 2020 to the flagship project in TGD, which was started by Dr. Senta Siller. Unfortunately the visit could not take place because the weather worsened and the trip had to be called off due to heavy rain. The trip will now take place soon on another suitable date. It is also planned to show the students the newest efforts in the project by the volunteer Monika and also to visit the Deputy Commissioner of Okara and to inform him about the new developments in the village project.

The personal presence of Mr. Amjad Ali, president of the project, in the village has also been very beneficial for the AFA (NGO) in promoting their various activities.

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 2:40 PM, ,

Meeting of the friends of the SSDC of the AFA (NGO) in the LSE in LHE

In order to support the local initiative, it is very important to promote contact between the friends of the project in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Prof Norbert Pintsch agreed to support all efforts in this regard. Furthermore, various efforts are needed to improve the support of various local organizations, e.g. SPARC in Pakistan, with the DGFK. That means to promote the internet dialogue, e.g. between SPARC and their partners in the FPAC, and the DGFK, but also to make suitable publications available in the national libraries.

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 9:57 AM, ,

Publication regarding the artist-in-residence program 2019-2020

At the end of the program, a corresponding publication with ISBN registration was published, which is now available to all participants in Pakistan, Cameroon, Colombia and Germany.

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 9:40 AM, ,

Dr Norbert Pintsch in Pakistan

Called on S A J Shirazi at Lahore School of Economics, Lahore, Pakistan

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