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TITLEE - The Butterfly: A platform for budding artists
To make sure upcoming artists get an opportunity to expose themselves to the art world, Kishore Chawla, founder of Art Info India, has taken the challenge through his exhibition and art competition 'Titlee'.

NORMALLY WE get to hear about the upcoming exhibitions of paintings and art work of renowned artists and painters. But there is unfortunately no platform which can showcase the young talent and the art of future artists of a country. There is a belief that nobody will come to see and nobody will buy their artwork so there is no benefit of organising their work and investing into these kinds of exhibitions.

"It is very difficult in India to display the art of kids in India as nobody is interested but our motive is to give these kids from all over the country, a good exposure and a platform at which they can show their art, paintings and talented wok" Kishore Chawla told this citizen journalist .

According to Mr Chawla, even schools are least bothered about the hidden talent of their students who can be a good artists. For schools also it became very difficult to display their art at bigger platform where whole country can witness their talent.

"At large scale to display their art is very very difficult, even schools also just exhibit their little work in their school only and just parents and teacher watch these works and nobody else," Mr Chawla added.

Even for him it was not an easy task and it took a great efforts for him to take this initiative. He and his organisation contacted almost 10000 schools all over India and out of which only 120 schools responded. This is in itself a proof of Indian schools lack of interest in raising capable and talented young artists. They are just parroting syllabuses and feeding course books to just pass out the exam by putting these kids under tremendous pressure and not letting them discover themselves.

"Out of 10,000 schools only 120 were interested in our initiative and send us almost 1400 art work and paintings of their kids. Out of which best 350 are on display chosen by a jury," Mr Chawla said. "Parents of these kids are very happy and praising our efforts to make their kids' work display on this large scale but there is very less footfall of people to watch these paintings. We are getting good feedback from parents but no such feedback from people has come yet." Mr Chawla added.

Keeping this in mind the ongoing 1st National Art Competition for School Children with the timely support by Roop Chand, the Chairman of National Art Centre Gurgaon at India Habitat Centre, Delhi, and the theme is ‘TITLEE – The Butterfly’ a symbol of colours, peace and the beauty of nature.

"Even officials of IHC are also praising our work specially the title which itself is a colourful and beautiful like small kids," Mr Chawla who was an alumni of College of Art, Chandigarh and worked for a year to make this project successful, concluded.

In this competition in each group, eight awards of Rs 5000, 2000 and 1000 will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner respectively and five commended each of Rs.500 have been decided to be given to the awardees. Exhibition will continue till 15th September in India Habitat Centre at lobby 5A, 4A, 4B, and 6A from morning 9am to 9pm in night.

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