For the artists who cannot afford to exhibit their masterpiece at private art galleries, Lalit Kala Akademi is going to organise an International Kala Mela (Art Festival). Artists and groups from any part of the world can showcase their art at this unique festival from February 4 to 18, 2018 at IGNCA, New Delhi.
Administrator of the Akademi, CS Krishna Setty said, "This is for the first time that the Akademi has planned a Kala Mela on such a large scale." He says that earlier it was organized only at the national level. "It is going to prove a boon to especially those artists who cannot afford to exhibit their works of art in the art galleries'. Setty, himself, is an artist of international repute who was recently honoured by the Russian Academy of Arts with its honorary membership. He further said that the Kala Mela shall not only showcase various art forms and precious work of art by the Indian artists but also endeavour to bring the best from around the world including some of the most prominent international galleries from Europe, Asia and the United States.
The International Kala Mela is coming at a time when there is a perceptible requirement in the art market for a wide-ranging, global platform for Indian art. Besides being one of the leading official platforms of Indian art, the Kala Mela is an attempt to be the first major event of international art in the country so far as the range and scale are concerned. The central objective of Kala Mela is to focus on the direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also education and raising awareness about art, which has been the mandate of Lalit Kala Akademi.
The Kala Mela shall ensure that the contemporary art scene in India, in the sub-continent and the South Asian region gains visibility. It shall also offer an insight into the richness and diversity of these markets to the visitors from across continents. It will simultaneously allow the collectors and investors from this region to access global art in their backyard.
The International Kala Mela shall exhibit the most assorted range of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography; mix media, prints, drawings and video art by celebrated and upcoming artists.