Oviya Art Circle, Gangtok along with Indrdhanus Chitrakala Sansta, Namchi and all the artist across the state cordially thanked the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for providing a space in the newly inaugurated District Library cum Museum, Namchi on 21st January encouraging and identifying the local painters of Sikkim.
Addressing, the media Ms. Deepa Rai, President, Oviya Art Circle said that the artist and painters in Sikkim are prospering on daily basis and it is due to the encouragement and support from the State Government, Sikkim Akademi, Department of Culture and Heritage without which the painters of Sikkim would not have been recognized. Furthermore added that the support provided by the Government and the concerned departments along with various associations the artist of Sikkim are really dedicating their efforts in making the state identified in the national arena in painting and arts.
Adding further Ms. Rai informed that since the inception of annual exhibition by Sikkim Akademi (2004) have really encouraged the painters of state to move on with their ambition in this sector, Ms. Rai even added that art exhibition useed to take place even before but now the exhibition and participation have been identified in state, regional, national and even in international arena.
Stressing further Ms. Rai said that Mr. Vijay Mani Thulung and Mr. Passsang Sherpa hailing form Namchi have been even awarded with Gold Medals in the national level competition which Ms. Rai states to be the first accolades in this sector.
Ms. Rai further informed that Indradhanus Chitrakala Sansta along with Oviya Art Circle have been conducting various levels of workshops and exhibition in their own level which have been appreciated a lot across the state and furthermore Oviya Art Circle recently conducted a three days long workshop on art for the children, students and as the response from the participants was found to be positive, the winter camp for art has been still underway at Nepali Sahitya Parishad Bhawan since 5th of January.
Ms. Rai added further that till date the paintings by local artists were seen only at exhibitions and at Oviya Art Gallery but from now the local tradition, culture, heritage portrayed in the paintings will be available at the Gallery provided by the State Government at Namchi throughout the year and the painter hopes that through this gallery the local painters of the state will be able to gain exposure till international level in years ahead.
Courtesy: Sikkim Mail
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