Bringing art closer to common people
To bring art and artists from the world at one platform, Lalit Kala Akademy's first International Art Fair is being held at IGNCA, Delhi. The Kala Mela is proving to be a world-class exhibition place for every artist. In order to add a feather on the cap, there is a long list of participants who want to spread the essence of their art to common people.
On the fourth day, International Art Fair was abuzz with artists and art lovers. In such art-loving atmosphere, the main glimpses of the day were Violin by Nuno Flores, Portugal, screening of Portuguese film 'Glances at Distance', 26-minutes long film screening on artist duo Gilbert and George and another film screening on S H Raza.
G Azhicode, a mural artist from Kerala, exhibits the beauty of traditional Kerala in his mural paintings at the festival. The artist came all the way from the coastal state to be a part of International Art Fair and it fetched him worth-drooling art-contract from IGNCA for three years, for mural and canvas paintings.
Azhicode is not the only artist to get a contract at the Art Fair. 26-years-old Anamika shares similar excitement. She cracked a deal with Delhi's Roki Art Gallery to exhibit her work. Holding fort for famous artists like Arpan Bhowmik, art curator Arup Chatterjee gleefully announces that a wall full of Arpan Bhowmik's paintings have been purchased by art lovers. Arpan Bhowmik is a renowned artist who is famous for depicting quintessential forms of cities in his paintings has also introduced mini-paintings in the Kala Mela at a very affordable rate.
The event was inaugurated by M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India on February 4. Speaking on the occasion, CS Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala said, "The mission behind organizing International Kala Mela is to bring artists and art-lovers from across the globe to a single platform. Art must not be restricted to a few, it should be loved and praised by the mass too."
Apart from normal art talks, each day of Kala Mela is scheduled to offer something exciting. Being held at Indira Gandhi National Craft and Art Centre, New Delhi, every day between 12 pm and 8 pm, the fair will last until February 17.