The Regional Painters Camp and Art Appreciation Course was inaugurated by the Mayor, Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC), Mr. K.N Topgay on 22nd March who was also the chief guest for the day. This 5 days camp cum course is organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Kolkata in association with Sikkim Akademi.
Chief Guest Mr. Topgay during his brief address said that nowadays the art lovers of Sikkim are fortunate as this kind of opportunity keeps on arising in the state where they can showcase their talents. For an artist to reflect and imagine a peaceful environment is a must therefore Sikkim is the best place for them to enhance their skills as there is abundance of peace in the state. Further he advised the students to grab every opportunity and make proper use of them.
President, Sikkim Akademi Mr. G.S. Lama while speaking to the media informed that Lalit Kala Akademi in association with Sikkim Akademi is trying to give exposure to the painters through this workshop and also to educate the local artists about the new art forms. This camp cum course is the second of its kind in the state and has been hosted in most of the North East states of the country, informs Mr. Lama. Further he added that total 10 artists from the North East and West Bengal are participating including 2 artists from Sikkim. The artists will be provided 1 to 2 canvases on which they are to paint within these 5days. The best painting will be shortlisted and will be exhibited in the state and other places, informs Mr. Lama.
Mr. Lama also informed that during the first 3days of the camp cum course the artists will be introduced about art forms using power point presentations by the art teacher from Shantiniketan College, West Bengal Mr. Anshuman Dasgupta. The artists are also directed to interact with the instructors and to make full use of the given opportunity. Mr. Lama proudly says that since the year 2002 when Sikkim Akademi was formed the organization has been successfully organizing art exhibitions which provide exposure to the local talents. Through Sikkim Akademi other art organizations have come up namely Indra Dhanush Chitrakala Sangh and Oviya Art Circle which are doing well in the state by bringing out the hidden talents, concluded Mr. Lama.
The participants of this 5days camp cum course are Buddhi Kumar Subba and Indra Kari Subba from Sikkim, Arup Sinha from Tripura, B.B. Sharma from Manipur, V. Lalzawmkima from Mizoram, Mirabala Brahma and Smita Saikia from Assam and from West Bengal Pradosh Paul and Rabin Roy.
Courtesy: Sikkim Mail