KARNATAKA

Art camp inaugurated

Artist Ram Vilas Paswan displaying Madhubani paintings at ‘Art Impact 2010', a tribal art camp, at Vakwady in Udupi district.  

Staff Correspondent

Tribal art reflects essence of Indian culture: expert

Vakwady (Udupi District): The former Chairman of the Karnataka Shilpakala Academy Shamaraya Acharya has said that tribal art reflects the essence of Indian culture.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a tribal art camp that began here on Sunday. This camp is part of the three-week national-level art camp being organised by Gurukula Public School.

Mr. Acharya said that the importance of tribal art could be gauged by the fact that experts from western countries came to India not only to study it but also do research on it. Sculpting in stone or wood required a lot of patience and it had to be done according to the rules.

Damodar Acharya, Director of the Concerned for Working Children (CWC), Kundapur, said that traditional art should be protected from the onslaught of modernity. Every traditional art had a separate culture behind it. Since the people of our country were indifferent to the local art, artists from the west began studying and excelling in it, he said. Unlike in the west, where emphasis was being laid on patents and copyright for everything, traditional or local artists in India saw their art as part of their culture and lifestyle. Even when people went to document it, these traditional artists wanted them to know both their art and culture.

Principal of the school M.H. Surekha welcomed the gathering. Joint managing trustees of the school Subashchandra Shetty and Anupama Shetty were present.