Six-day Annual Art Exhibition 2018-19 of West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University being held from February 7 to 12, 2019 to encourage promising and talented artists of West Bengal
Kolkata, February 7, 2019: The six-day Annual Art Exhibition 2018-19 of the West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University was inaugurated at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), here today by the eminent sculptor Prof. Niranjan Pradhan. The Chief Guest at the inauguration was Shri Gautam Dey, Regional Director, ICCR, Kolkata. The inaugural functionwaspresided over by Prof. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University, and also Chairman of the Akademi.
The Exhibition, organised with the support of the Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, is held by the Akademi every year with a view to encourage promising and talented artists of West Bengal – not only by arranging a display of their works, but also awarding them awards and certificates of merit, after all entries received are judged by a panel of eminent judges for traditional art (patachitras, wood carvings, mats, masks etc.) and contemporary art (paintings, drawings, graphics, sculptures and photographs).
This year, a total of 137 traditional art and contemporary art items have been selected for display after eminent artists Prof. Dilip Mitra, Shri Atanu Bhattacharya, Prof. Ashim Basu, Sm. Mala Mukherjee and Shri Uday Deb, had judged all the 491 entries received.
The winners of awards were Anirban Mishra, Kamalendu Paul and Shapla Singha (for paintings); Pooja Ghosh (for drawings); Ananya Dalal (for graphics); Akshay Maiti (for sculptures); and Eshika Chandra and Provash Krishna Debnath (for photographs). Certificates of merit were given away to Santanu Debnath and Sayandeep Kangsabanik (for paintings); Subhankar Chakraborty and Srishti Das (for drawings); Akash Sutradhar and Rachita Bhowmik (for graphics); Enjamul Islam and Santu Roy (for sculptures); and Arghya Kundu and Aniruddha Pal (for photographs).
The Annual Art Exhibition 2018-19 is being held at the ICCR’s Bengal Art Gallery, Abanindranath Tagore Gallery and the Sculpture Court, and will continue till February 12, 2019, from 3 pm to 8 pm daily.