...learning to appreciate folk arts strengthens our identities and pride in belonging to a community and a geographical region...

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Pragati Sharma Mohanty 
is an accomplished Artist with numerous accolades worldwide. She is a professional Architect and an Industrial Designer. 

                   'Pragati Art School' is a Bay Area based Indian Folk Art School. We are a treasure house of learning, sharing and indulging in the rich artistic heritage of the Indian subcontinent. 

                 At our studio in Sunnyvale, CA we teach 35 distinct folk arts ranging from Madhubani, Kalighat, Warli, Pattachitra, Kerela Mural, Miniature, Cheriyal Scroll, Block Printing, Lippan, Mata-ni-Pachhedi to name a few. 

             Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned artist we take you step-by-step through the art forms starting from simple tribal forms to the refined village and folk arts, all the way to the highly elaborate palace and temple genres of paintings.

           It's a rare opportunity to be able to learn such an exotic assortment of styles right here in the heart of Silicon Valley, all under one roof!! 

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Extremely Intricate Pattachitra done on a traditional surface with immaculate detailing by a student at
Pragati Art School