6-day Sobha Singh Art Fest ends

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharmasala
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 20:22 IST

Six-day Sobha Singh Art Festival organised to commemorate the 114th anniversary of saint artist Sardar Sobha Singh concluded at Andretta village near Palampur town on Saturday.

The festival was organised by Sobha Singh Memorial Art Society (SSMAS) with support of North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) during which three workshops, based on Himachal folk art for rural womenfolk and painting and quiz competitions for school children were held.

The participants displayed a colourful art craft and folk art Likhnu, the traditional art of courtyard and floor decorations.

The village students made colourful greeting cards and the winners of art quiz competition and on the spot painting competition were given merit certificates and cash prizes worth Rs 3,00,00.

Congress leader Aashish Butail presided over the closing ceremony on behalf of his father and Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Speaker BBL Butail.

He released a book on Sobha Singh Art Gallery and Museum authored by Dr Hirday Paul Singh, grandson of Sobha Singh.

Saint artist's daughter Bibi Gurcharan Kaur, released a poster on Bharmour area and while president, SSMAS, KG Butail released a poster on Palampur town.

Speaking on the occasion, programme officer NZCC, Ravinder Sharma said that cultural centre will extend support to SSMAS to invigorate folk arts of Kangra.

All the participants were given a reprint of a painting by Sobha Singh. In the spot painting competition, Shivani from Vishudha Senior Secondary School, Baijnath and Shaina Rana from DAV Public School, Palampur won in senior and junior category.

In greeting cards workshop, Palak Sood of Neugal Public School, Andretta bagged the first prize.
Group-led by Shreshtha Sood won first prize in the workshop on traditional art Likhnu. while Shabnam and her team won the first prize in art and craft workshop.

Secretary general, SSMAS, Dr Hirday Paul Singh expressed gratitude to art lovers, followers of the late artist and prominent citizens of Palampur and Andretta villagers and resolved to organise many more such art workshops in future.

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