Friday, March 22, 2019

Lalit Kala Akademi announces 15 National Academy Award Winners


The National Exhibition of Art organised annually by the Lalit Kala Akademi is one of the most prestigious event in the calendar of Indian art fraternity. The 60th National Exhibition of Art being held this year exhibits the artistic brilliance and is also a platform to give appreciation and recognition to outstanding artists on a nationwide scale. The works on display have emerged on the forefront both in terms of material application and aesthetic appeal. The exhibition covers artworks from a broad range of mediums such as paintings, sculptures, graphics,
photographs, drawings, installation and mixed media.

The selection of the artworks was done on the basis of the quality of execution, freshness of images, innovative use of materials, novel application of colour and originality of stylistic markers in the works. 

A total of fifteen awardees have been selected by our esteemed panel of two tier jury. The winners for the 60th National Exhibition of Art are Chandan Kumar Samal (Odisha), Gouri Vemula (Telangana), Hemant Rao (Madhya Pradesh), Hiren Kumar Chotu Bhai Patel (Gujarat), Jaya Jena (Odisha), Jayesh K.K (Kerala), Jitendra Suresh Sutar (Maharashtra), Douglas Maryan John (Maharashtra), Pratap Chandra Chakraborty (West Bengal), Rashmi Singh (Uttar Pradesh), Sachin Kashinath Chaudhari (Maharashtra), Sunil Kumar
Viswakarma (Uttar Pradesh), Tabassum Khan (Bihar), Vasudeo Taranath Kamath (Maharashtra) and Veenita Sadguru Chendvankar (Goa).

Each awardee will be honoured with a plaque, a shawl and a prize money of rupees one lakh. 

The jury of this exhibition comprises of distinguished art practitioners, critics and artists across the spectrum. The Lalit Kala Akademi nominated selection jury for the first tier namely Shri Bhagwan Chavan, Jayprakash Jagtap, Jayant Gajera, Kishor Thakur, Madan Lal, Manisha Raju and O.P. Khare. The second tier Jury for the selection of awards consisted of Sanjay Bhattacharya, Dinkar Thopate Chitrakalpal, Suhas Bahulkar, Navin Dhagat, Pandurang N. Deoghare and Prayagjha Chillar. Along with the exhibited works of this year’s awardees, there is also a section under which various veteran artists artwork will be displayed.

The art pioneers on display in this section include Ram V. Sutar, G.S. Gaitonde, Akbar Padamsee, Tyeb Mehta, K.H.Ara, Jehangir Sabavala, Laxman Pai, B. Prabha, Krishna Reddy, Prafulla Dhanukar, Gopal Adivarkar and B. Vitthal.
We also have an Invited Artists’ section in which artists Brij Mohan Sharma, Ganpath Shankar Majgaonkar, Jayesh Shukla, Neeraj Gupta, Sudhakar Vitthal Chavan, Viren Tanwar are on display.

These sections will serve as an inspiration for the young and upcoming artists of the country. "60th National Exhibition of Art is an important catalyst for the  mingling of various art forms. It is our endeavour to reach out to a larger audience and stay relevant to the needs of our time. We hope that this exhibition fuels the interest in artists to achieve newer heights of excellence. The aim of Lalit Kala Akademi is to provide the widest possible platform to artists across the
country.” as said by Dr. Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi

In conjunction with the 60th National Exhibition of Art, the Lalit Kala Akademi is also organizing the Kala Mela 2019 in the second consecutive year. It has around 120 stalls where artists from all over the country are displaying a wide array of exhibits including paintings, sculptures, and mixed media etc.

The inauguration of the event will be done by Her Excellency Smt. Mridula Sinha, Governor of Goa, on 25 th March, 2019 in the honourable presence of Padma Bhushan Ram V. Sutar, renowned artist, Padma Shri Baba Yogendra Ji, founder of Sanskar Bharati, Dr Uttam Pacharne, Chairman LKA and other eminent personalities at Sir JJ School of Art, 4pm.

A number of cultural performances will be presented in the evening of inaugural day highlighting the cultural diversity of the country – from dance dramas to Kathak, Bharatnatyam to Sarod and Sitar recital. The list of performing artists is a veritable treat to the senses and it also brings to the fore the essential unity among the arts.

These works will be on display at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai and NGMA Mumbai simultaneously from 25th March to 8th April, 2019.

The Lalit Kala Akademi has also organize a lecture series by eminent artists from 2nto 5th April, 2019 which includes artists like Jayesh Shukla, Neeraj Gupta, Viren Tanwar and Sudhakar Vitthal Chavan. To promote the tribal artists and art forms a Tribal Art Exhibition will also take place at Sir J.J. School of Art along with the 60th National Art Exhibition, Kala Mela and Lecture Series.
Lalit Kala Akademi is presenting a panorama for one and all.

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.

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