Union Culture Minister Inaugurates 62nd National Arts Exhibition and Performance Festival of SNA Laureates

Union Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy opened the 62nd National Arts Exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi Gallery and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Performance Festival at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi last night. Union Minister of State for Culture Meenakshi Lekhi also graced the event.

On this occasion, Mr. Reddy and Ms. Lekhi congratulated the scholarship recipients and laureates and published the 62nd NEA catalog and also launched the new Lalit Kala Akademi website. The President of the Lalit Kala Academy Ms. Uma Nanduri and other dignitaries were also present on this occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Reddy said that the purpose of this national art exhibition is to showcase the talent of all the selected participants and winners. He said it is heartening to see that there is a great response from artists for the exhibition and the competition.

The minister said it shows the dynamism of our times and the opportunities provided by Lalit Kala Akademi with the support of the Ministry of Culture. He added that Indian art of the last century shows a diverse range of artistic responses to reality.

Mr Reddy said the current art practices and artistic trends of the young group of contemporary artists also aim to show how art has continued to evolve even during this difficult time of the pandemic. He said that new forms of knowledge, aesthetic sensibilities and ideologies have reshaped the process of artistic creation.

The minister said young artists are experimenting with new mediums and reacting to the environment around them.

He stated that contemporary artists’ practices are constantly evolving with the use of various mediums and their unique styles. Mr. Reddy expressed his joy to know that to commemorate this noble idea of ​​Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lalit Kala Akademi decided to bring out the wall street art under the title of Jan Bhagidari, where the participation of ordinary people is integral to shaping it.

He called on artists to remember and highlight the works of artists who have contributed to India’s freedom struggle through their works.

In her address, Ms. Lekhi mentioned that an artist sees the world from a different point of view and it is creativity that only belongs to an artist. She said the artifacts in this exhibition are a testament to the bright future of Indian art.

The minister added that the Lalit Kala Akademi is trying to bring together the various Indian arts in one platform. She appreciated that in order to encourage artists, the Akademi increased the number of national prizes from 15 to 20 from this year.

The performing arts festival featuring Akademi winners will continue for eleven days. It will provide audiences with a delightful array of performances from across the country and covering a wide range of genres such as music, dance, theatre, folk and tribal and allied arts and puppetry.

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