Closing its fourth state exhibition of arts, the Indian Academy of Fine Arts (IAFA) honoured 20 artists, who had participated in the prestigious event.
Though IAFA has been organising all-India exhibition for the last 82 years, it decided to organise the exhibition-cum-competition at the state level for amateur artists as well as senior artists with a focus on encouraging young, budding artists and give them a platform to compete with the senior artists.
The function was presided over by IAFA president Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina. He congratulated the participating artists and encouraged the people to engage in art promotion and appreciation.
As many as 236 art works, out of 350 received from 180 artists, were displayed at the exhibition. The artists, who were awarded cash prizes, include Kuldeep Kumar (painting) from Jalandhar, Rahul Kumar (drawing) from Amritsar, Gurdeep Dhiman (photography) from Zirakpur, Kawaldeep Kaur (sculpture) from Amritsar and Davinder Kaur (sculpture) from Pathankot. Among the amateur artists, cash awardees include Divya (painting) from Amritsar, Ragni Kapoor (painting) from Amritsar, Inderpreet Kaur (sculpture) from Amritsar, Baljeet Singh (sculpture) from Fazilka and Abhijeet Saini (drawing) from Pathankot.
A special documentary based on SG Thakar Singh’s life was also screened. Senior artists Gopal Karodiwal, OP Verma, Harjit Dhillon from Delhi, Chhitra Singh from Delhi, Atul Mehra, Kulwant Singh Gill and Dharminder Sharma were present. Special invitee artists for display included PS Grover.