About Sapthavarna Creations
"Being an Entrepreneur is not just one person’s growth. It is shared growth of a community."
Sapthavarna Creations was started in 2012 in Singapore. It provides art and craft coaching for Women and Children, helping them to unveil the creativity within. We not only conduct classes but also motivate the students to start their own business by instilling confidence in them. We have students all over the world including Singapore, India, UK, USA and Dubai.
What started as a simple craft session for kids has now grown to a full-fledged business with lots of courses in various categories such as Tanjore reverse glass painting, Indian Folk Arts, Mandalas, Jewellery Making and Clay Crafts.
Sapthavarna Creations partnered with Born To Shine group and conducted a public workshop in Madurai, India in 2016 on Jewellery Making. Many women from nearby villages and towns attended the workshop. They appreciated the initiative stating that the workshop was very simple to follow and they would be able to start a small business in their village based on the learning from the workshop.
ONLINE GOLU CONTEST AND MARGAZHI KOLOTHSAVAM
In 2018, We launched www.sapthavarnacreations.com. With a powerful platform in hand, we wanted to do something to uphold & celebrate Indian tradition. That sparked the idea of conducting an Online Golu Contest at a global scale. Golu is a south Indian tradition which features display of dolls and figurines capturing the essence of the festival Navarathri in a series of steps. We received 100 entries in 2018 from 6 countries. Appreciations started pouring in from participants all over the world especially because of the transparency & recognition every participant received in the contest. The contest was held again in 2019 attracting 250 entries around the globe.
2020 is a year no one will forget. Covid-19 pandemic completely took away the social contact from people which is key during golu celebrations. We partnered with BITR to kick off the golu contest with interviews from various participants. Zoom Live events were held throughout navarathri with support from Slough Tamil Sangamam & BITR. This filled the vacuum of not being able to meet face to face during golu. The contest attracted 334 entries from 16 countries. The contest was judges by eminent judges. Most Popular Golu was also chosen based on secure voting & approx 18000 votes were registered for various golus. More than the entries & the votes, we were proud & elated in bringing joy from the participants who thanked us for making their golu global. Elderly participants from small towns in India were very proud for their golu being published in the website and also broadcasted live during zoom sessions. Trophies were awarded to winners inside and outside UK.
Encouraged by the success of golu contest in 2020, we wanted to take another celebrated Indian tradition of Rangoli/Kolam at a global level. Kolothsavam was launched in December 2020 to encourage the kolam/rangoli skills. While other similar contests focus just on Rangoli, we wanted to encourage all forms of kolam. Participants were asked to submit their entries under 5 different categories including Rangoli, Dot Kolam, Suzhi Kolam, Mana Kolam & Kolam Craft. The idea was an instant hit and the contest attracted 300+ entries from 9 countries even though it was the first year. Trophies were awarded to winners inside and outside UK. Junior participants were encouraged with Rising Star award.
Awards and Interviews
Winner of SHE INSPIRES AWARD 2019 at British Parliament
Winner of Community Heroine Award 2021
Winner of Inspiring Global Tamil Woman
Has been Interviewed in Nari Tu Narayani program in MA TV
Mrs. Chella Nathan
Meet Mrs. Chella Nathan, the face behind the articles in our website. She joined our team in 2018 and has been successful in portraying Sapthavarna's vibes through words.
Mrs. Chella Nathan is a self proclaimed potterhead who loves to write. She has been wrting on and off since her teens. Apart from writing her major interests are baking, reading, junk jewellery hoarding and keeping up with her girls.