Four days. 70-plus art works. Around two dozen young artists. And, an unending stream of visitors… These were just a few of the highlights of the first-of-its-kind exhibition of child artists, Kal Ke Kalaakar, held at Rangmudra Art Gallery in Sector 63, Noida in association with www.6to16.in.
Inaugurated by Professor Prem Singh, senior artist and former principal, Chandigarh College of Art on December 27, the four-day event celebrated childhood and their creative genius.
Prof Prem Singh lights the lamp to open the Kal Ke Kalakar show while artists Navpreet Kaur and
Sandhya Singh look on.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Prof Singh appreciated the efforts made by the organizers, www.6to16.in and Rangmudra Art Gallery, for promoting child artists. “There can be no greater service to the cause of art than holding such free exhibitions. Children are the best artists as they paint what they feel unlike adults who are trained to paint. Rather than teaching kids how to draw and use colours, we all must learn from children,” he said.
Senior artists like Shubhra Chand, Seema Pandey, Varsha Lad, Anup Chand and Manish Verma held interactive workshops during the four-day event, educated kids on their artworks and also painted a few canvasses to enable the children to learn the various techniques applied by them.
Visitors at the Kal Ke Kalakar (left) and artist Shubhra Chand doing an art work (right).
“This is the first such event being held in Delhi-NCR and we wish to make it an annual affair. To undertake activities to promote art and artists has been my dream for long,” says Ar Atul Gupta, founder, Rangmudra Art Gallery. He informed that most established galleries do not give space to budding artists owing to a rule which states that an artist must have some specified number of shows in her/his CV before approaching them. “This is a big impediment for an artist and through our venture we hope to remove it,” he added.
Children enjoying at an interactive session (left) and artist Manish Verma doing an art work (right).
Artists-cum-art educators Varsha Lad (left) and Seema Pandey (right) at the Kal Ke Kalakar
This non-profit activity had no entry fee. “Through this exhibition, we, at 6to16.in, aim to provide budding professional artists a platform to showcase their creative genius,” shared Rajkumari Tankha, founder-editor, www.6to16.in. “The portal itself is dedicated to children and adolescents. This is just the beginning and we plan to hold more such events, not just art shows but poetry meets and book reading sessions in future,” she added.
“Through this exhibition, we, at www.6to16.in, aim to provide the budding professional artists a platform to showcase their creative ability on the canvas,” shared Rajkumari Tankha, founder-editor of the web portal. “The portal itself is dedicated to children and adolescents. This is just a beginning; we plan to hold more such events, not just the art shows, but also poetry meets and book reading sessions in future,” she added.
To encourage kids, each child artist was given a participation certificate on the last day of the event.