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Tuesday , December 4 , 2012
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Treasure trove for the art-curious near home

- Gauhati Artists’ Guild to come up with an archive on the life and work of the masters

Dec. 3: Art lovers in the city will soon have access to the works of local and international artists once the archive on their life and creations, the work on which has been started by the Gauhati Artists’ Guild, is ready.

The archive will comprise prints of great works of world famous painters and sculptors as well as creations of local and guest artists. It will also have a good collection of Assam miniature paintings and Indian miniature paintings. Apart from this, the archive will house a documentation of the artists’ works.

The guild has already begun work and is waiting for a grant of Rs 25 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Fund to build its museum and to complete the archive on its premises in the city.

“We have started collecting the works of different local artists. Our guest artists from different parts of the country have donated their work. We will also keep plates of miniature paintings of Assam and India. We are trying to source a good number of books on the works and life of the masters. Since the guild does not have a huge fund of its own at present, we are dependent on donations by people for the collection of books. We will try to document the works of artists in the best possible way so that people and art students engaged in any research on any art work or artist can easily avail of the required information from our archive,” Kishore Kumar Das, general secretary of the guild, said.

“We have appealed for a financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Fund to complete the structure of the guild that is currently under construction. We have already forwarded an application to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh through the Kamrup (metro) district administration. If this fund is sanctioned, we will create a permanent museum and develop our library and archive. We are hoping to complete the archive by early next year,” Das said.

Moreover, critically acclaimed international, as well as Indian documentaries and feature films will also be available in the archive. The guild, in association with the Cine Art Society of Assam, screens films for the public at its premises every week.

“Through this archive we will also try to popularise and promote good cinema, giving emphasis to critically acclaimed feature films and documentaries. While many Indian and international documentaries are not telecast on the television channels, movie lovers will be able to access them here,” Das said.