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Splurge this Diwali on art with soul

- Contemporary canvases to be on display at fair hosted by IAS wives

Jharkhand IAS Officers’ Wives Association (JIASOWA) will ensure that colour meets lights this Diwali, all for a canvas cause.

For the four-day Diwali Utsav from November 2 to 5 on Zilla School grounds, JIASOWA has roped in Chotanagpur Art Research and Development Society (Cards), a group of Jharkhand artists, to enable them showcase 30 contemporary paintings in acrylics and oils.

Proceeds from the sale — the paintings made by eminent and upcoming artists of Jharkhand, Mumbai, Delhi, Santiniketan and even Bangladesh priced between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000 — will help Cards fund its annual national art camp.

This year, Palash 2012 will take place between December 21 and 23 on Hotel Ashoka premises.

Paintings of Haren Thakur, Dinesh Singh, Amitabh Mukherjee, all based in Ranchi, will vie to catch the eye with those of Sushobhan Adhikary of Santiniketan, Sushanto from Bangladesh, Mukesh Sinha from Delhi, among others.

Cards secretary Haren Thakur said this was their novel venture to generate funds.

“If Diwali is the splurge season for everything ranging from clothes, jewellery to gizmos, why not art to adorn homes and give walls a unique touch of class? We hope art lovers turn up in large numbers and like what they see at our exhibition at the JIASOWA fair,” he said.

He said they had around 100 paintings created during the Palash art camp last year. “We have selected the 30 best for this exhibition. We’re hoping for good sales as the JIASOWA platform is both prestigious and popular,” he said.