Over 500 artists have sent their entries
Showcasing paintings and drawings of about 600 Indian children, the second edition of the national child art festival will be held in the Capital from December 8 to 10. The event is being hosted by the city-based Odisha Modern Art Gallery. Gallery director and painter Tarakant Parida told The Hindu children below the age of 16 are participating in this event that will have an exhibition at Jayadev Bhawan complex here.
“We launched the festival last year in December and we received rave response from the children and their parents. About 520 budding artists from many parts of the country had sent in their entries last year,” he said.
There have been a few entries from abroad this year, he added.
The festival aims at discovering and nurturing talents in the field of fine art from a very young age, Tarakant said. “We have a provision of 60 prizes for the best entries of the festival in two groups. The junior group comprises children below the age of 10 and the seniors above 10 and below 16. Each group has 30 awards of gold, silver, and bronze medals. Besides the awarded works, all the entries are also being exhibited for public view,” he said.
A three-member jury comprising senior artists from Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Odisha has evaluated the works and has selected the best 30 entries in each group, it was learnt.
The celebration of Shilpi Divas would coincide with the child art festival, said Tarakant. “We honour four prominent artists – one each from the fields of art, dance, music and theatre – during the festivalWe try to teach the children that the great artists deserve the best of respect and acknowledgement,” he said.