Ideal plat­form for tal­ented artists

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For the artists who can­not af­ford to ex­hibit their mas­ter­piece at pri­vate art gal­leries, Lalit Kala Akademi is go­ing to or­gan­ise an In­ter­na­tional Kala Mela (Art Fes­ti­val). Artists and groups from any part of the world can show­case their art at this unique fes­ti­val from Fe­bru­ary 4 to 18, 2018 at IGNCA, New Delhi.

Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Akademi, CS Kr­ishna Setty said, “This is for the first time that the Akademi has planned a Kala Mela on such a large scale.” He says that ear­lier it was or­ga­nized only at the na­tional level. “It is go­ing to prove a boon to es­pe­cially those artists who can­not af­ford to ex­hibit their works of art in the art gal­leries’. Setty, him­self, is an artist of in­ter­na­tional re­pute who was re­cently hon­oured by the Rus­sian Acad­emy of Arts with its hon­orary mem­ber­ship. He fur­ther said that the Kala Mela shall not only show­case var­i­ous art forms and pre­cious work of art by the In­dian artists but also en­deav­our to bring the best from around the world in­clud­ing some of the most prom­i­nent in­ter­na­tional gal­leries from Europe, Asia and the United States.

The In­ter­na­tional Kala Mela is com­ing at a time when there is a per­cep­ti­ble re­quire­ment in the art mar­ket for a wide-rang­ing, global plat­form for In­dian art. Be­sides be­ing one of the lead­ing of­fi­cial plat­forms of In­dian art, the Kala Mela is an at­tempt to be the first ma­jor event of in­ter­na­tional art in the coun­try so far as the range and scale are con­cerned. The cen­tral ob­jec­tive of Kala Mela is to fo­cus on the di­rect in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the artist and the con­nois­seur and also ed­u­ca­tion and rais­ing aware­ness about art, which has been the man­date of Lalit Kala Akademi.

The Kala Mela shall en­sure that the con­tem­po­rary art scene in In­dia, in the sub-con­ti­nent and the South Asian re­gion gains vis­i­bil­ity. It shall also of­fer an in­sight into the rich­ness and di­ver­sity of th­ese mar­kets to the vis­i­tors from across con­ti­nents. It will si­mul­ta­ne­ously al­low the col­lec­tors and in­vestors from this re­gion to ac­cess global art in their back­yard.

The In­ter­na­tional Kala Mela shall ex­hibit the most as­sorted range of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary paint­ings, sculp­ture, and pho­tog­ra­phy; mix me­dia, prints, draw­ings and video art by cel­e­brated and up­com­ing artists.

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