I was in­ter­rupted for rais­ing is­sues: Palekar

The Hindu - - NATION - Press Trust of In­dia

Vet­eran ac­tor-di­rec­tor Amol Palekar, whose speech was in­ter­rupted by some mem­bers of the Na­tional Gallery of Mod­ern Art (NGMA) here last week, said he was only try­ing to seek the rea­sons be­hind the can­cel­la­tion of ret­ro­spec­tives of two se­nior artists.

A video of his speech on so­cial me­dia showed Mr. Palekar crit­i­cis­ing the Min­istry of Cul­ture for scrap­ping the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tees at the gallery’s Mum­bai and Bengaluru cen­tres. He told re­porters in Pune on Sun­day that the artistes’ ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee at NGMA had ap­proved hold­ing of ret­ro­spec­tives of three artists, of whom Prab­hakar Barwe’s work was in­au­gu­rated. “With­out any com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the com­mit­tee, the next two ret­ro­spec­tives were can­celled by Mum­bai NGMA’s new di­rec­tor Anita Ru­pa­vataram. I wanted to raise these is­sues,” he said.

Amol Palekar

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