To provide a platform to young artistic talent and innovation in painting, an U-35 art exhibition started at the Teachers Home on Saturday.
Organised by the Punjab Lalit Kala Academy, Chandigarh, this is the first such initiative in Bathinda.
Executive member of the academy Amarjit Singh Painter said, "The academy has always revolved around Chandigarh, but this time we are focused on Punjab and we are especially interested in Malwa. Such exhibitions will be held in all the districts. Faridkot, Mansa, Hoshiarpur have been covered."
One of the things that stood out at the event was the attention most painters have given to the subject of female foeticide. Imagination has been used to highlight the ramifications and the pain of the issue and no visitor goes unaffected by some of the moving depiction on offer.
One such painter, Dr Arpan Preet Kaur, a veterinary doctor by profession, is a participant at the show and has created a one-framed painting.
She said, "A pregnant woman in my painting is a mix of emotions a woman carries during her pregnancy.
Different colours depicts emotions as red colour on face shows anger, wires drawn are the confusions going in the mind of lady."
On not choosing art as a profession, she said: "I had good opportunities but had to move out from my city. If government can set up an art gallery in Bathinda, I will be the first one to organise an individual exhibition. Such platform is required in every city so that talent is not wasted."
"More than 90 artistes are participating and 125 artistic pieces with different themes have been selected for the exhibition," said Amarjit, a well-known painter himself. He is above the above age limit.
When asked if government has ever helped promote this art, he said, "No! Over the years, I have repeatedly approached the doors of all parties, but they are least interested. In a small city like Bathinda we have fantastic artists. Most of them struggle for an appropriate platform to showcase their talent."
"Art is a hobby not profession. People have become so materialistic that they always look into benefits they will get from the work they are doing. Art cannot give you three meals of food but if government can provide such mediums where they can earn well with their art, many hidden talents will be seen."
Bathinda: To provide a platform to young artistic talent and innovation in painting, an U-35 art exhibition started at the Teachers Home on Saturday.