Art

Lalit Kala Akademi hosts artwork from across the country

An award-winning painting at the exhibition. Photo: Special Arrangement  

Selecting the brightest and the most imaginative artist after going through a mind-boggling number of 6,583 entries is a painstaking job. But for the Lalit Kala Akademi, it was an essential prerequisite to get the right kind of artists from across the country. This also meant getting proportional representation.

To achieve the task of selecting the 168 artists for its 55 edition of National Exhibition of Art, the Akademi-appointed committee had commensurate number of painters, sculptors, graphic artists and photo experts as its members.

Explaining the method of selecting the artists, Akademi Chairman K.K. Chakravarty said: “We did blind testing which meant the committee members were clueless about the identity of the artists whose work they had to appraise. And they had also been kept in the dark about the artists’ place of residence. Only after the selection, the details were revealed to the members.”

Of the total number of artists, 10 artists have been selected for the prestigious National Awards. And this year, noted artist S.H. Raza conferred the awards on winners on the premises of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries here on Wednesday.

Shedding light on the prestigious exhibition, which started at the Akademi on Thursday and will continue up to April 10, Dr. Chakravarty said: “The exhibition has been conceptualised in such a way that it has broad national representation. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to state that this exhibition represents the entire country. The exhibition lends extraordinary meaning to ordinary objects by associating them in unforeseen permutations and combinations.”

The exhibition is showcasing multi-storeyed facades, deserted interiors of heritage sights, empty rooms with stacks of books, iconic figures and mechanical objects. The caparisoned elephant, zebra, winged horse, bull, frog, snake, cat and rat have also been absorbed and translated into anthropomorphic forms.

Related Topics
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Feb 27, 2021 2:44:08 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/art/lalit-kala-akademi-hosts-artwork-from-across-the-country/article5806418.ece

Next Story