Srinagar: A National Painting Camp organized by Jammu & Kashmir Acafemy of Art, Culture and Languages at newly rennovated Art Gallery at Sher Garhi Complex, Srinagar w.e.f. 24th to 28th October, 2021, concluded on 28th October, 2021. Twenty two artists of national repute participated in this camp. An exhibition of the paintings created during this camp was held at the Art Gallery in the Art Museum, Sher Garhi, Srinagar. The event was the part of Iconic Week Festival held in connection with celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav. The Art Museum at Sher Garhi, Srinagar was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor on 15th August this year at the newly renovated historic stone building of Old Assembly Complex.
Noted theatre and TV artist M K Raina termed holding of National Painting Camp and Art Exhibition as a step forward towards bringing valley into limelight. He said that Jammu & Kashmir has a rich tradition of fine arts, and holding such camps would greatly augment the rich treasure trove of J&K’s art works. The artists who participated in this National Painting Camp included Prof. Vasant Sonavani, Mumbai, Jagdish Chander, Dr. A K Dixit, Chanchal Gangoly, Kishore Shanker, Sabia Khan and Sanjay Roy, New Delhi, K S Gill, Amritsar, Vaishahka Apte, Bhopal, Jagmohan Mathodia, Jaipur, Aslam Naqishbandi, O P Sharma, Masood Tabish, Yousuf Naqishbandi, Arshad Suleah, Rakesh Kumar, Surpal Slathia, Sireesha Srinivas, Naushad Gayoor, M Y Baccha, Rouf Qayasi and Asif Iqbal, Jammu & Kashmir. Apart from the artists of national standing, some of the young budding arts from across the valley also participated 5- days event, first of its kind at Art Museum Complex. Sharing his views on the event, Academy’s Additional Secretary Sanjeev Rana said that JKAACL would keep on supporting such initiatives which aim at promotion of indigenous art forms of J&K. The event was coordinated by Academy’s Assistant Exhibition OfficerIrshad Ahmad while proceedings of the event were conducted by Chief Editor Pahari, Dr. Farooq Anwaar Mirza.