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NGMA to celebrate Kala Kumbh- Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav in Chandigarh from 25th December 2021 – 2nd January

Artist workshops for painting scrolls on unsung heroes of freedom movement to be organised

The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi will celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav with Kala Kumbh– artist workshops for painting scrolls in Chandigarh from 25th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022. The celebration is based on representing the tales of valour of unsung heroes of India’s freedom movement. These will form an integral part of the Republic day celebrations 2022, analyzing the potential of art as a means to express National pride and excellence.

These celebrations with artist workshops for painting five scrolls of seventy-five meters and other substantial ones portraying indigenous arts of India is being organized in Chandigarh from 25th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022. Similar workshops have also been organized in other parts of the country. The works of art will be a reflection of diverse art forms forming a unique amalgamation of traditional and modern.

Inspiration will also be drawn from the creative illustrations in the Constitution of India wherein the artistic elements painted by Nandalal Bose and his team have imparted a distinctive appeal. Approximately 250 artists from various geographical locations of the country will portray the heroic lives and struggles of unsung heroes of India’s freedom movement. The artists will be carefully mentored by eminent senior artists along with the Director-General of the National Gallery of Modern Art.

The entire program focuses on a collaborative strength, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi has collaborated with Chitkara University in Chandigarh for this workshop. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements. It is an embodiment of all that is progressive about India’s socio-cultural, political and economic identity which is intended to be imparted prominence on the large scale scrolls as per the artistic vision of Shri Adwait Garanayak, Director- General, NGMA. 

At Chandigarh, the narratives would reflect the tales of valour from Ladakh, Jammu &Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan with artistic expressions reflecting the indigenous forms of art such as Phad, Pichwai, Miniature, Kalamkari, Mandana and Warlito name a few. The scrolls will reflect the contemporary expressions too which would showcase the essence of the rich cultural and artistic heritage of India while also analyzing the absolute sacrifice and contribution of our unsung heroes.

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