Kashmir Valley is currently buzzing with artistic fervour as the National Painters’ Camp, a collaborative initiative between the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), is underway. The camp, held as part of the Vitasta Festival, was inaugurated by Bharat Singh Manhas, JKAS Secretary of the Academy, amidst the presence of renowned artist Masood Hussain and Ravinder Sharma, Programme Officer of NZCC.
This grand gathering has attracted talented artists from various states of North India, who have come together with local artists to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the region. The camp serves as a platform for artists to showcase their diverse talents and engage in artistic exchanges, fostering a vibrant atmosphere of creativity.
Bharat Singh Manhas emphasized the significance of artists as a treasure of talent for any society, stating, “Their talent needs to be utilized in all respects.” He highlighted the purpose of the festival, which aims to celebrate artists in all their forms while honouring the cultural heritage of the region in its myriad manifestations. Furthermore, he expressed that the festival would offer a multitude of cultural and musical performances, free of charge, for the general public to enjoy.
Masood Hussain, an acclaimed artist, and Sh. Ravinder Sharma also shared their perspectives on the occasion, acknowledging the importance of such gatherings in promoting artistic expression and cultural exchange.
Among the distinguished artists invited to participate in the camp are Masood Hussain from Srinagar, K.S. Gill from Amritsar, Jang S. Verman, Suman Chib, Shivani Khajuria, Ashok Mehra, Kamalnain Bhan from Jammu, Jaspreet Singh from Chandigarh, Durgesh Kumar Atal from Gurgaon, Norbu Wangyal from Himachal Pradesh, Prabhjot Singh from Kalka, Javed Iqbal Sopori, Masood Tabish, Snober Jeelani Shah, Muneer Ahmed Khan, and Ifra Jan Shah from Kashmir. These artists are elated and expressed their gratitude to the government for initiating such a remarkable platform.
Painters’ camp unfolds, and the scenic beauty of Kashmir serves as an inspiring backdrop, igniting the creativity of the artists and influencing their artistic expressions. The camp encourages artists to explore new techniques, experiment with diverse styles, and celebrate the cultural tapestry of Kashmir through their artwork.
The amalgamation of artistic talents from different regions brings forth a vibrant fusion, showcasing the diverse colours, textures, and narratives that define Kashmiri art. The camp not only provides a platform for artists to exchange ideas and learn from one another but also creates a deeper understanding and appreciation for the rich artistic heritage of Kashmir.
In the words of one of the participating artists, Ifra Jan Shah, “This camp is a convergence of artistic souls, a space where we transcend boundaries and celebrate the beauty of diversity. It is a unique opportunity to learn from each other, grow as artists, and create meaningful connections.”
In this picturesque valley, where nature’s splendour intertwines with artistic expression, the National Painters’ Camp unfolds as a vibrant tapestry that weaves together the threads of tradition, innovation, and the collective spirit of artistic brilliance.
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