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Gallery bid to attract young talent
- Campaign to promote art among students so that they consider it as career option

Jamshedpur’s Acharya Nandalal Bose Art Gallery and a few steel city-based artists have joined hands to promote art in myriad ways.

The art gallery, located on the Bengal Club premises, has decided to invite and involve school and college students in its exhibitions to promote awareness.

On show at the gallery at present is an exhibition entitled Vision and Creation that ends on Thursday. Going by the success of the show in which 32 artists from around the country participated, the gallery has decided to organise seminars and workshops on a regular basis — some activity or the other will be on every month.

Annual felicitation of city- artists is also in the pipeline, and candidates will be judged by a panel drawn from different sections of society.

“The city is too academic oriented. Though performing arts gets some space, visual art will need a lot of time to carve a place for itself in the city. Thus, year-long activities involving the student community is what we have decided,” said Shubhendu Biswas, the co-ordinator of Vision and Creation and one of the members of Acharya Nandalal Bose Art Gallery.

A few city artists like Mukta Gupta, Biplab Roy and Jaydev Chatterjee recently participated in exhibitions at the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi. Mukta, whose acrylic and mixed media works portray love through figures of Radha and Krishna and mother and child, has travelled the most putting up shows in New Delhi, Jaipur, Calcutta and Hyderabad. A show in Bhutan is also scheduled in November.

“Exposure is very necessary. There are very few artists in the city who don’t travel outside and prefers to be in their comfort zone. Some of us have just started exhibiting our works in New Delhi and other cities. This not just a profession but also an initiative to make art a popular career choice among the next generation,” said Mukta.

“We have to make it popular. Until and unless students see that there is a scope in art, they would not take it up as a career. Artists are required everywhere and people have to understand the scope,” added Biplab Roy.

Artists from Jharkhand are also making a mark in other states. Garwha based C.R. Hembrom, who works with semi realistic paintings, has been selected for a national art competition being conducted by Lalit Kala Akademi, Bhubaneswar. Hembrom’s painting is one of the 80 that has been chosen out of 600 from across the country. The final 12 will be awarded with Rs 50,000. Others like Haren Thakur, Vishwanath Lakra, Vinod Ranjan and Ranjit Kumar have exhibited their works outside the state.

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