FIFTEEN YOUNG artists from North India have a joint exhibition of their works at the Karnataka Chitrkala Parishath here. The event organised by Lucknow-based Utkarsh Prathistan is on till October 10 and features paintings and sculptures. According to the organisation, the exhibition is an effort to "draw peoples' attention" to stunning and exceptional talent available in the country and to popularise Indian art abroad.

The organisation says it attempts to discover young talent right from the art college stage, "now we have moved on to provide a larger, global platform for the Indian art scene." And it is doing so by going to the country's smaller towns.

So far, the organisation has gone to places such as Bhopal, Patna, Delhi, Almora, Lucknow, and Varanasi.

Incidentally, it publishes a magazine, Kala Dirgha, on the latest trends and styles in art.

The current exhibition features artistes — all in the 20-35 age group — most of whom have had some kind of exposure through art camps and exhibitions. There is, for instance, Awadhesh Mishra who has exhibited his works in London, Birmingham, Muscat and Dubai and participated in artistic events in various parts of the country.

One of the youngest members of the group, 22-year old Pragya Maurya, has had her work shown at exhibitions in and around her hometown of Lucknow as well as places such as Mumbai and Delhi. You can view the works between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

By Divya Sreedharan