The National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi celebrates “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” with Kala Kumbh | India News

New Delhi: The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) celebrated `Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav` with Kala Kumbh on Friday, holding artists’ workshops to paint scrolls measuring around 750 meters, depicting the tales of bravery of the freedom movement’s unsung heroes of India, the ministry said. of culture.

National Gallery of Modern Art Director General Adwaita Garanayak said the artworks made on the gigantic scrolls will be an integral part of the 2022 Republic Day celebrations, marking a unique collaboration between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Defence.

Garanayak said these scrolls analyze the potential of art as a means of expressing national pride and excellence with varied art forms from various geographical areas of the country.

“The celebration of the true essence of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat was visible in these workshops where the rich diversity of our country in its cultural aspects was observed while depicting the heroic lives and struggles of the unsung heroes of the freedom movement of the world. “India. These have been studied diligently and painted with enthusiasm by more than five hundred artists spread over two sites, Odisha and Chandigarh,” he added.

“The National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi has organized these workshops with the aim of fusing various forms of the country’s visual and performing arts to represent the true essence of unity and diversity in India. I believe the gigantic scrolls when displayed at Rajpath will arouse the interest of every individual to delve deep into the history of the unsung heroes of India’s freedom struggle and also draw attention to the unified visual aspects modern, indigenous and contemporary arts of India,” he said.

He indicated that, in accordance with the flagship program of the Ministry of Culture, the aspect of collaborations and collective work has been outlined in these workshops.

In Odisha, NGMA collaborated with Kalinga Institute of Technology and Silicon Institute of Technology in Bhubaneswar from December 11 to 17 and in Chandigarh, the collaboration was carried out with Chitkara University from December 25, 2021 to January 2, 2022. According to the Ministry of Culture, the Kala Kumbh-Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav reflects the essence of unity in diversity while analyzing the initiative of the Indian government to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the history glory of its people, its culture and its achievements.

The scrolls painted in these workshops can be seen as an embodiment of all that is progressive in the socio-cultural identity of India which was brought out on the large-scale scrolls according to the artistic vision of Adwaita Garanayak.

“Ten gigantic scrolls of approximately seven hundred and fifty meters depict the stories of bravery and legacy of the unsung heroes of India’s freedom struggle. Inspiration was also drawn from the creative illustrations of the Constitution of the India in which the artistic elements painted by Nandalal Bose and his team imparted a distinctive appeal as well as several depictions of the native arts of India,” the statement read.

These represent and showcase the rich cultural heritage of India as well as the ideas of the struggles undertaken by the unsung heroes to achieve India’s freedom.

In Bhubaneswar, the stories reflected the tales of bravery and historical elements of the Indian freedom struggle movement focusing on Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bengal, North Eastern parts of India and Andhra Pradesh with artistic expressions reflecting indigenous art forms. like Pattachitra, Talapatra Chitra, Manjusa, Madhubani and Jadu Patua to name a few.

In Chandigarh, the stories reflected the tales of bravery of unsung heroes from Ladakh, Jammu, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan with artistic expressions reflecting indigenous art forms such as Phad, Pichwai, Miniature, Kalamkari, Mandana, Thangka and Warli.

These artists’ studios were a huge success and were visited by several students at both locations. NCC cadets have also witnessed the creative portrayals of the unsung heroes of India’s freedom struggle in Chandigarh. The closing ceremony of Kalakumbh- Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav in Chandigarh was honored by Banwari Lal Purohit, Governor of Punjab and Trustee of UT Chandigarh and in Bhubaneshwar by Honorable Hon. Dr. Achutya Samanta who is also the founder of KIIT and KISS.

Several other dignitaries also showed great interest in the scrolls during their visits to the workshops. A series of cultural programs were held in the evenings during these workshops, reflecting India’s rich folk and indigenous performing arts traditions in collaboration with the Eastern Zone Cultural Center and the Northern Zone Cultural Center.

The scrolls reflect traditional art forms as well as contemporary expressions, which showcase the essence of India’s rich cultural and artistic heritage while analyzing the sheer sacrifice and contribution of our unsung heroes who prove to be a worthy tribute to Kalakumbh- Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and a true celebration of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

In the next phase, these scrolls will be artistically placed at Rajpath for the Republic Day celebrations, 2022.

The strategic placement of these scrolls would serve as an open gallery for all citizens and it is meant to inspire people about the rich national heritage and legacy of Bharat in its true meaning.


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