Lalit Kala Akademi hosts 59th National Exhibition of Art
In order to give recognition to outstanding artists, the Lalit Kala Akademi through its National Exhibition of Art gave a platform to many artists to portray their remarkable work. The exhibition, which is held every year, covers artworks from extensive series of mediums like paintings, sculptures, graphics, photographs, drawings, installation, and multimedia. Recently, the 59th edition of this exhibition was opened before a large audience including art practitioners, artists, art collectors, art lovers and critics from all over the country.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Culture, who later on released the catalog for the exhibition. "The 59th National Exhibition of Art is a platform for young, upcoming, known and famous artists to display their talent and creativity. It is a portal where the entire country can view various mediums of art by innumerable artists," said Sharma on the occasion. "A person who does physical toil is a laborer, a person who utilizes his brain to work can be an engineer but it is only the artist who works with all their heart and soul. Let us help all these artists to get a platform to display their art and creativity," he added.
The inauguration ceremony was graced by eminent personalities like Adwaita Gadanayak - DG, NGMA, Vijay Kumar, Katerine Kumar, Pravesh Khanna, Mukul Pawar, Amit Dutt (Awardee) to name a few.
The Akademi had received 3644 entries submitted by 1433 artists throughout the country. The selection jury unanimously selected 172 exhibits in different disciplines, by 171 artists, for the national exhibition. Out of 172 exhibits, the jury selected 15 National Academy awardees for the art exhibition.
"Contemporary art is reaching out to a larger audience thereby evolving globally. The artworks highlight the signature style of each artist, depicting the current cultural and global influences on Indian art, thus creating a deeper interest in art today. The works displayed during 59th NEA are shining examples of quality and innovation," said C. S. Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala Akademi.