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World view on canvases

The organisers’ unofficial order has been overruled.

Halfway through the six-day regional painting camp organised by Lalit Kala Akademi and Mecon in Ranchi, the artists, the organisers felt, have defied their fiat to keep the creations confined to Jharkhand’s tribal culture.

“None of the paintings have been created the way Lalit Kala Akademi wanted them to be. It will be better if the artists keep the order in mind and do better next time,” said Ramhari Jena, the regional secretary of the Bhubaneswar centre of the Akademi.

The 14 participants from five states — three each from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and host Jharkhand and two from Odisha — claimed otherwise.

Arvind Kumar from Bokaro has come up with an abstract oil painting, depicting a man trying to climb a ladder that is being stomped by a mighty foot. Kumar said he had tried to portray the prevalent economic disparity. “Let alone locally, this subject is relevant globally,” he added.

Chhattisgarh artisits Jhumuk Das Manikpuri and Mithilesh Nishad claimed alike.

However, ordinary visitors hardly complained. “The works are impressive,” said Raj Kumar Singh, an art buff.


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