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Wednesday , December 26 , 2012
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Workshop for artists’ sake

For three days, Rabindra Bhavan had turned into a mini art hub with paintings, installations and murals sharing the same platform.

The occasion was a three-day art workshop and exhibition organised by The Tagore Society from December 23. As many as 40 students, teachers and artists of Jamshedpur took part in the event, choosing various forms to express their creativity on canvas. Apart from students and teachers of Tagore School of Arts, there were also participants from Jamshedpur School of Art.

The topics of the paintings were myriad ranging from the burning issue of inflation to evergreen love story between Radha and Krishna. While one work showed a LPG cylinder being worshipped as a shivling with fruits, flowers and incense sticks, others portrayed Gautam Buddha, scenic beauty and life study.

“This is the sixth year in a row that we organised the art workshop. The idea is to provide a creative platform to all artists of Jamshedpur so that they can come together, enjoy art and share their artistic points of view. Also, fine arts students get an opportunity to learn something from artists,” said Ashis Choudhury, secretary of Tagore Society.

The workshop had its share of innovation with many choosing to work on abstract and figurative paintings apart from trying handicraft like batik and embroidery. Some artists also created installations with use of canvas, wooden frames and string. Also, there were ready-to-use abstract mural-type paintings.

All the works will be displayed in an exhibition at Tagore Society.

“We will organise a separate exhibition to display these creations. In our own way, we are trying to promote art, as its market is not much thriving. We will try to conduct the workshop in a bigger way in the near future so that more students and artists get exposure,” said Choudhury.

Artists agreed. “Unlike metro cities where you have hundreds of art galleries, Jamshedpur gives you less opportunities to present your work. Hence, we need to organise more such workshops,” said Jaidev Chatterjee, a senior artist.

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