President Kovind Conferred Artists with National Lalit Kala Akademi Awards 2020
| Onkareshwar Pandey - Editor in Chief - CEO, IOP - 07 Mar 2020

Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel and Lt. Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal inaugurated the 61st National Exhibition of Art and National Kala Mela in Delhi

By Kanishka Singh

New Delhi: Lalit Kala Akademi’s 61st annual awards were conferred on March 4th, 2020 by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The Union Minister of Culture Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, the Akademi Chairman Dr. Uttam Pacharne and the Cultural Secretary, GoI, Shri Yogendra Tripathi, among many dignitaries graced the award ceremony at the President House. The President congratulated all the awardees while they were cheered by their respective family members and friends who were among the attendees.

In the evening, on March 4th Union Culture Minister Shri Prahlad Singh Patel and the Lt. Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal inaugurated the 61st National Exhibition of Art and National Kala Mela at the Akademi, Ravindra Bhavan, Mandi House. The ceremony was inaugurated in the gracious presence of the Akademi chairman Dr. Uttam Pacharne.

The occasion also marked the presence of Padma Bhushan awarded artist Ram V. Star and Padma Shri Shyam Sharma who were honoured along with the awardeesThe book S. Dhanpal, a Lalit Kala Akademi publication, on the eminent artist with the same name was also launched at the ceremony.

The inaugural function was followed by cultural performances and was attended by the NEA awardees, participating artists and groups in both the National Exhibition of Art and National Kala Mela 2020, along with a great number of art lovers and public.

Inaugurating the National Exhibition of Art and Kala Mela, the Union Culture Minister Shri Prahlad Singh Patel said, “I congratulate all the 15 National Akademi awardees who were conferred by the President of India, at the President House. The people who attend such events are definitely the ones who are interested in the arts. I myself belong to a village and whenever I get time I spend it over art and culture related things along with my official works. In the morning while at the President House I was thinking what Lalit Kala (Fine Arts) actually is? It is obviously what has developed naturally in the society, be it for indications, or for getting rid of something, or in order to preserve and conserve something. This is what art is. I was thinking that when arts would have started in ancient times, it would have its own scale and criteria. These 15 awarded artists have been selected out of 283 entries and I believe that same number of artists are present here for the Kala Mela.”

Presiding over the event the Lt. Governor of Delhi Sh. Anil Baijal congratulated all the winners and participants and thanked Lalit Kala Akademi for having him at the occasion, “I am delighted to be here. People today are living stressed-out lives and thus need art in their lives for some relief and happiness. They need to know that there is a world of art too and that world is beautiful.” Appreciating the painstaking work performed by the Jury members for scrutinising 283 works out of 5000 entries and then selecting 15 out of them for the National Awards, he also congratulated the Akademi for the events.

“We are feeling really honoured that the President of India took time from his extremely busy schedule to confer the awardees at the President House. His motivations will surely inspire us to continue our efforts in serving arts of the country”, said the Chairman Lalit Kala Akademi Dr. Uttam Pacharne. He also expressed confidence that the 61st National Exhibition of Art is more than just an exercise in participation and contribution of the art practitioners from all over the country. According to Sh. Pacharne, “it ideates the truth that art is more than a mere conversation between art lovers and artists; it is a bond between the initiator and the spectator. I congratulate all the awardees and participants.”

At the National Exhibition 2020, the works of eminent artists Anjali Ila Menon, Paramjeet Singh, Arpita Singh, Gogi Sarojpal, late John Fernandes and Vasudev Kamat have also been displayed at the exhibition under the Special Inviteecategory, along with the participants and award winners. The National awardees have been selected by a jury of eminent artists.

The organisation of art exhibitions and award ceremonies is an annual exercise by the Akademi to promote art and aesthetics in the society as well as to reward the extraordinary talents to perform even better in the future. The exhibition brings together the works of brilliance from across the country and also encourages budding art talents to learn new tendencies and mediums in the world of painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, drawing, installation and multimedia, etc. The objective of the National Exhibition of Art, 2019-20 is to showcase the works of art of excellence both in terms of material application and aesthetic appeal. The 61st National Exhibition of Art, 2019-20 will be on view till March 22nd, 2020 and the Kala Mela runs till March 9th, 2020.

The fifteen awardees chosen by the esteemed panel of Jury were- Anoop Kumar Manzukhi Gopi (Thrissoor, Kerala), David Malakar (Kolkata, West Bengal), Devendra Kumar Khare (Vadodara, Gujarat), Dinesh Pandya (Mumbai, Maharashtra), Faruque Ahmed Halder(24 Parganas, Kolkata, West Bengal), Hari Ram Kumbhawat (Jaipur, Rajasthan), Keshari Nandan Prasad (Jaipur, Rajasthan), Mohan Kumar T (Bengaluru, Karnataka), Ratan Krishna Saha (Mumbai, Maharashtra) Sagar Vasant Kamble (Mumbai, Maharashtra) Satwinder Kaur (New Delhi), Sunil Thiruvayur (Ernakulam, Kerala), Tejaswi Narayan Sonawane (Solapur, Maharashtra), Yashpal Singh (Delhi) and Yashwant Singh (Delhi). The Akademi had nominated for the tier-two, a seven-member selection Jury of eminent art practitioners, artists and critics from all over the country to finalise the list of artists to be awarded out of the 283 artworks selected by the tier-one Jury.

About Lalit Kala Akademi

Lalit Kala Akademi the National Academy of Arts is an institution that has rendered service to the arts in the nation long before the world woke up to the global impact of Indian Art. Through the leadership of its members and staff, the Lalit Kala Akademi manifests a commitment to the service of the visual arts by establishing, preserving and documenting visual art of the highest order that in turn reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of ancient, modern and contemporary art in India.

As a cultural body that hovers above the entire Indian subcontinent, it plays a role in inter-linking the diverse cultures of India to weave an aesthetic spread that is noted for its colourful threads of creative genius and brilliant designs that delineate fascinating features of Indian life. Perceiving Indian culture comprehensively with all its artistic impulses, conflicts, contradictions and limitations, the Akademi has been functioning with the panoramic view of involving all genres of creativity in its activities. It has a vision that takes care of the traditional art of India as well as of helping artists to imbibe many of the contemporary happenings in the international art scene.

Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of Art, New Delhi was set up by the Government of India as an autonomous body, on 5th August 1954. The Akademi was given statutory authority in 1957, under the Societies Registration Act 1860. Since its establishment it has been serving the entire country by promoting the creative endeavors of Indian artists and bringing their arts to bear upon a large number of people, thereby playing an important role in defining and redefining, the sensibility of an entire culture, falling under the visual arts spectrum. 

(Onkareshwar Pandey is Founder, Editor in Chief & CEO, Indian Observer Post, and former Senior Group Editor- Rashtriya Sahara (Hindi & Urdu) and also former Editor, (News), ANI

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