International Kala Mela to break boundaries between art and artists
The first International Kala Mela (International Art Fair), which is being held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi is emerging as one of the most sought-after art hubs. From beginners to award winners, Kala Mela is the talent show-casing platform for every artist.
With every passing day, Mela is catching fervour. On the sixth day, it was abuzz with a lot of activities, apart from visits from some of the most prominent personalities in Delhi's power circle.
There was a painting competition organized for school children and art college students. Named 'Chitrakari Paint the Kala Mela', this painting competition was attended by students from Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Molarband, New Delhi, Banayan Tree school and College of Arts.
The day also witnessed visit of Tihar Jail's DG Ajay Kashyap. Tihar Jail is a stakeholder in International Kala Mela and has taken stalls to exhibit arts of Tihar inmates. DG Kashyap strolled around the stalls and admired beautiful works exhibited by various emerging and prominent artists. While talking about the Kala Mela and Tihar's participation in it, he stated, "Tihar is happy to participate (here) as the stakeholder. This is a matter of honour and privilege for the inmates to promote their talent in the outside world. It would give them a dignified place in the society when they come out."
International Kala Mela is missioned to break boundaries between art and artists. It has artists traveling from remotest of the places to imprisoned inmates. Also, there are Lalit Kala Akademi award winners like Amit Dutt, Harish Shrivastava, Rajesh Khanna along with this year's awardees Shiv Kumar and Vivek Kumar.
C.S. Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala Academy also expressed joy over the participation of awardees in Kala Mela.