A glimpse of our previous programs

Clay Ganesha Making

May 2013 onwards (ongoing, once a year)
various locations in Ahmedabad & online.

ECO-FRIENDLY CLAY GANESHA making workshops and public awareness program in and around Ahmedabad for sustainable nature friendly festival celebration Ganesh Chaturthi. The workshops participants were from kids of 10 years to elders who learnt to make clay Ganesha for their Ganapati Sthapana from 8 inches to 5 feet sizes. During pandemic the program is also conducted online where national and international

people participated.

Workshops, events and programs of making eco-friendly clay Ganesha idols using different techniques, in collaboration with schools, museums and organisations along with local makers, artisans and people for overall betterment of environment through traditional arts and crafts.

Truth & Non Violence and its effect on people, planet, & peace

30 January 2022
Recorded Video

A conversation between BK Jayanti, Tushar Gandhi & Avani Varia to honour the life of Mahatma Gandhi & his values on Truth & Non Violence and its effect on people, planet, & peace.

Arts, Crafts, Indian Culture & Sustainability

22 November 2020
google meet

Avani Varia (founder of aadhar charitable trust) as an Expert speaker for “Arts, Crafts, Indian Culture & Sustainability” organised by ANAADI CREST Center for Research in Ecology and Sustainable Technologies, India.

LCOY 2020 (local conference of youth) in India

6 to 8 November 2020
A virtual national event

aadhar charitable trust and Media for Artisans (MfA) partnered for #LCOYindia2020. Local Conferences of Youth (LCOY) are events by YOUNGO, the official children and youth constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. LCOY India 2020 is being hosted virtually by Brahma kumaris on the theme Restoring Nature…it’s time. Aadhar and MfA were promoting partner. Avani Varia curated the panel for “Sustainability & Indian Crafts event.

LCOY 2019 (local conference of youth) in India

2 to 4 November 2019
Brahma Kumaris HQ, Mt.Abu, Rajasthan

aadhar charitable trust and Media for Artisans partnered for LCOY-15, INDIA is being hosted by Brahma Kumaris from 2nd to 4th November 2019 at its spiritual HQ, Mt.Abu, Rajasthan. Youth from all parts of India were invited to participate in this event and make their voices heard. Aadhar and team organized charkha workshop and Avani Varia conducted a workshop “Journey & Exploration through Indian Heritage Art for Sustainabiity.

Ahimsa Paramodharm

2 October 2020
Recorded Video

Ahimsa Parmodharam – Celebrating the Journey of Charkha – a special live session at Radio Madhuban, “Ahimsa Paramodharm” on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti and 7th Anniversary of the initiative “Chalo Charkha Ramiyo” – A proud association with community Radio Madhuban.

Samvaad – A Dialogue on Heritage

Year 2013 & 2014
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Samvaad – A Dialogue on Heritage a quarterly e-publication published by aadhar with a focus on Indian heritage crafts and various aspects of heritage. The voices of general public on the topics.

Samvaad March 2013

Samvaad June 2013

Samvaad Sept 2013

Samvaad Dec 2013

Samvaad March 2014

Samvaad June 2014

The Vanishing Pottery of the Varia Potters

12th – 13th May 2011
Manchester Metropolitan University, in the United Kingdom.

Ms Avani Varia represented the Varia Community potters at the conference -Pairings: Conversations, Collaborations, Materials.

The Pairings Project at Manchester Metropolitan University was set up to explore the potential of collaborative creative practice. (Peer-reviewed presentations).

The Vanishing Pottery of the Varia Potters – An audio-visual presentation and poster about the current condition of the Varia Potters from Gujarat, India.


11 to 13 March 2003
Karnavati Art Gallery, near town hall, Ashram road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Varia Design Center sponsored and organized an exhibition of art works and textile products developed by girls trained by aadhar from Kochrab village from paldi, Ahmedabad. Amma Smt. Mrinalini Sarabhai graced the event inaugural with guest of honor was Dada Shri Toofan Rafari.

Skill trainings, art and yoga workshops

From year 2003 to 2010
Slums of Kocharb village and Vasna village area in Ahmedabad.

In initial years we organised various skill upgradation trainings, art workshops and yoga workshops for underprivileged children and youth. i.e. hand embroidery, crochet, applique, knitting, patchwork, expressions via painting and sketching.