State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Jharkhand, will organise a three-day art camp on its Hehal campus in Ranchi, from September 20.
At least 20 artists from across the state will attend the camp and are expected to complete at least one painting on the theme, Glimpse of rural development. “It is being organised to commemorate the 59th anniversary of the institute’s foundation,” said SIRD director R.P. Singh.
The topic has been selected keeping in mind the institute’s mission to carry out research to bring about development in fields of technology that can aid rural artisans.
“Besides, we also wanted to capture the artists’ concepts and impressions of rural development,” said Dinesh Singh, a senior artist himself, who will not only participate but also act as a co-ordinator of the event.
Those who have confirmed participation are Haren Thakur, Vinod Ranjan, Himadri Ramani, Amitabh Mukherjee and Swapna Das from Ranchi. Among the outstation artists, Sunil Modi and Ranjit Kumar from Bokaro and C.R. Hembram from Garhwa have agreed to take part, said R.P. Singh.
SIRD will pay an honourarium to the artists. Besides, those coming from outside the capital will be provided travel expenses and accommodation. In return, the artists will gift their creations at the camp to the institute.
Dinesh Singh expressed his happiness over the fact that another government organisation, apart from the state art and culture department, has come forward to patronise art.
SIRD functions under the state’s rural development department and imparts training to official and non-official functionaries involved in the process of rural growth.