ART ENTHUSIASTS witnessed a dazzling evening on Thursday that headily mixed artistic acumen and soulful music into one with the City’s cognoscenti gracing the prestigious opening of the 49th National Exhibition of Art at Bharat Bhavan organised by Lalit Kala Akademi in collaboration with Bhavan.
The inaugural function took off with Culture Minister and chief guest Laxmikant Sharma formally lighting the lamp to begin the expo that will continue till December 28. Showcasing around 243 exceptional artifacts by 243 artists, selected out of the 6858 entries submitted by 2678 artists throughout the country, the art gallery beamed with rare regional flavour.
The exquisite sculptures as well as paintings spoke about a plethora of styles and patterns through which an artist distinctively manages to have a dialogue with the society, thus successfully throwing his point of views for a debate or a discourse on issues like urbanisation, modernisation, environmental disasters as well as emotional and physical vulnerability.
The most notable feature of National Exhibition of Art was the conferment of the National Akademi Awards 2005-06 instituted by the Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Art) New Delhi to 15 artists from different parts of the country in the field of visual arts like painting, sculpture, graphics, drawing and photography. Sharma presented the national awards along with prize money of Rs 50,000, a copper plaque and a certificate to each of the recipients.
Keeping in view the expected standards for the national awards in visual arts, a high-powered jury consisting of renowned names like Prof Chandra Vinod (Varanasi), Rekha Rao (Bangalore), Deepak Shinde (Mumbai) and Gogi Saroj Pal (Delhi) unanimously picked up the works of 15 artists after reviewing 243 pieces selected for the exhibition.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, noted sculpture artists Jaya Vivek expressed happiness on being the sole person making into the top 15 from Bhopal. She said that it was a ‘timely recognition’ which would boost her spirits to perform better while setting up an individual stamp for herself in the national art scene.
Thanking her painter husband Vivek and her family she said that this feat would not have been possible without their unconditional support for past 25 years. Jaya received the national award for her brilliant piece of art (sculpture) in glass and metal named ‘Oasis 2’.
This was the first instance when Lalit Kala Akademi chose Bharat Bhavan and Bhopal as its venue for hosting this national award function.
Earlier in the evening, Sharma thanked Lalit Kala Akademi and its authorities for bringing in this grand visual treat for art lovers in Bhopal.
He also expressed hope that the apex cultural body would continue to give national platform to regional artists by encouraging and promoting young and upcoming artists from cities like Bhopal.
D P Sinha and Prof R B Bhaskaran, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, who presided over the function, also addressed the audience present in large numbers. They jointly emphasised on setting up other cultural hubs like Bharat Bhavan in various states to promote performing and visual arts on a national basis and said that a similar multiplex will soon come up in Guwahati.
Prof Jaikishen Aggarwal, former board member (LKA), was also present on the occasion. Dr Sudhakar Sharma, secretary Lalit Kala Akademi, released the exhibition catalogue and proposed the vote of thanks.
The event wound up with a melodious ghazal recital by top grade AIR artiste (Jaipur) and noted vocalist Dr Roshan Bharti.
He recited two compositions written by poets Tahir Faraz and Dr Sagar Faraz. Ved Prakash (Tabla) and Amit Sharma (synthesiser) were the accompanying artists.
Media consultant and compere Uma Iyer Rawla eloquently compeered the show.
The recipients and their felicitated works
Jaya Vivek (Bhopal) /Oasis 2
Bhupesh Kavadia (Udaipur) /With Whispers and
Promises of Life-of Death?
Deepak Khatri Kanubhai (Vadodara)/ Assembles of
Dhaneshwar Shah (Delhi)/Hours in Black
Rajendra Prasad Singh (Varanasi) /Mother and Child
H G Ganesh Urala (Vadodara)/ Hatching for Hybrid
K Raghevendra (Mysore)/Tsunami
Madan Singh Rawat (Delhi)/ Barber
Mrinmoy Debbarma (Agartala)/ Untitled X
Pramod Baruah (Assam)/ The Power of Love II
Ratul Chandra Gogoi (Guwahati) Sanjay Kumar
(Bhiwani)/Concert of Lines II
Saumya Chakrabarti (Agartala)/ City Girl
Srimantula Chandra Mohan (Vadodara)/Remorse
Subhashis Dutta (Balurghat, WB) /High Lights of 6-1/2 pge