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Art destroys evil thoughts and makes us human
All India Artist Winter Camp - 2013 concluded Monday last with the honouring of senior artists by the Art, Culture & Youth minister Dr Sukhda Pandey with mementos and certificates.In this three-day national camp, five senior artists were honoured with Bateshwarnath Shrivastava Memorial Award at the famous Bahuddeshiya Sanskritik Parisar, Bhartiya Nritya Kala Mandir in Patna.

THE CAMP was organized to celebrate the birthday of Kalaguru Radha Mohan Prasad. He was the founder of the first art institute of Bihar, College of Arts and Crafts in Patna. This programme was jointly organized by  Gyan Kiran, Srijan Bihar and Art, Culture & Youth Department, Government of Bihar, Patna.

It was inaugurated by Shyam Sharma, senior artist and  Retd. Principal of College of Arts and Crafts, Patna University, Patna. He inaugurated the camp on January 5 by drawing a line sketch of Lord Ganesha with a lotus flower on a canvas board with acrylic colours.

Nearly about 45 male and female artists from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh participated in this camp. Most debated topic during the camp was Women  Liberty and Budhha. Senior-most artist of this camp was Surendra Lal Das. He is a national award winner oil portraitist and Retd. senior  art history teacher of College of Arts and Crafts, P.U., Patna. Deaf and Dumb student of class- VII  Subhra Sinha was the youngest participant in the camp.

Some of the most important beautiful paintings of this camp were  Ananya (Women struggle for liberty by Surendra Lal Das, Patna), Buddha and Sujata (Nandan Kumar, Patna), Pataliputra and Patna (Pawan Roy, Deoghar), Buddha (Manu Bera, Kharagpur), Women & Nature (Smita Prashar, Patna), Victim (Anand Prakash Mehta, Bokaro), Shakti and Bindunad (Ram Pujan Singh, Dhanbad), Women and lotus (Ranjana Ranjan, Jhanshi), Baul Singer (Gautam Shaw, Kharagpur), Mother (Tapan Kumar Bera, Kharagpur), Krishna and Madhur Vani (Kapil Kumar, Hajaribagh), Varanasi Ghat (Shashi Bhushan, Hajaribagh) and Spiritual (Archana Kumar, Patna). All paintings were exhibited in the art gallery there. These paintings were highly appreciated by the minister, guests and art lovers.

“Art and literature are a good medium for the solution of social pollution. Loss of moral values has increased social evils and crimes in the society. Art destroys evil thoughts and makes us human. We can increase moral human values by art and literature in the society,” said  Dr Sukhda Pandey, chief guest and Art , Culture and Youth minister of Government of Bihar in her concluding day address.

Special guest  of the programme and eminent Hindi poet Alok Dhanwa  appealed the youth to save the hard earned freedom and democracy of our country. He was in great grief due to the alarming rise in the incidents of sexual violence against girls and women in the society.

Eminent Film critique Vinod Anupam welcomed the guests. Art, Culture & Youth Director of Government of Bihar, Vinay Kumar, senior artist and former principal of College of Arts & Crafts, Patna Shyam Shrama, Joint secretary Dr. Maheshwar Prasad Singh and Manoj Kumar Bachchan also shared their valuable thoughts regarding the historical achievements of art in Bihar after the independence of our country.

On this occasion, Vinay Kumar Jha (Journalist) and five artists- Surendra Lal Das, Abha Sinha, Shambhunath Jena, Salil Chauhan and Anil Bihari were honored with the Bateshwarnath Shrivastava Memorial Award.

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