“Prarambh” of Art, Indian Universities delighted to get the right platform!

Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Janpath, New Delhi, organised first Arts Festival, Prarambh, from 9 October-12 October, in which 200 artists took part and showed their talent. Around 350 artsworks in media such as drawing, painting ,printmaking, illustrations, digital art, sculpture, photography, installation, new media and mix media featured in the festival. 35 Universities all over the country including Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University (Shantiniketan), College of Art (New Delhi), Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi), Faculty of Visual Arts (BHU), Department of Fine Arts (Kurukshetra University); Department of Fine Arts (Aligarh Muslim University), Indira Kala Sangeet Visva Vidyalaya (Chhatisgarh), College of Arts and Crafts (Lucknow University), Government College of Arts (Chandigarh), College of Fine Arts (Trivandram), Faculty of Fine Arts (MSU, Baroda), Department of Visual Arts (Silchar, Assam), International Institute of Fine Arts (Modinagar), College of Arts & Crafts (Kolkata), Government Institute of Fine Arts (Gwalior), Government Fine Arts Institute (Indore) and Department of Fine arts (University of Hyderabad) to name a few, participated in the festival. When Ujjwal Ankur, Co-Founder, The Art Route, presented his views on the festival Prarambh, he told us that this will be a platform for young students of Visual Arts to showcase their talents and receive real market exposure. It will provide them hands-on practical experience and prepare them for their future career. Students will have the opportunity to receive critical feedback of their art from peers, experts, and public. Through the works of their contemporaries, they will be exposed to a different approach and philosophy in art. When we talked to Farha, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia, she told us,  “It was a great experience, and a much needed platform. I also showcased my talent and my painting fetched up fifteen thousand rupees!”