The delayed and infuriated monsoon is back in Mewar, though at a slower pace. It has however saved the seasonal crop and hence a smile for the farmers. The lakes of Udaipur are yet to over flow and the moment of joy that the city has been enjoying regularly since 2009 is still awaited and all hopes rests on Indra Dev that luck would smile this year too and lakes of city would over flow this monsoon as well. The city had enjoyed its traditional Hariyali Amavsya with fun as usual. The season of monsoon is conferred to be lifeline and its ticks the momentum of all living beings in life.
In such a festive mood, the artists of Udaipur organized National Art Symposia 2018 at College of S. S. Engineering, Umarda, Udaipur. The event, held from 17-19 August was jointly sponsored by S. S. College of Engineering and Kala Mitra Sangam, a local body of artists from Udaipur. The program did not have a traditional grand opening due to the sad demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. After paying rich tribute to the departed soul, the artists turned the event into Chitra–Sadhna in honour of the late statesman, Parliamentarian and former Prime Minister.
The very purpose of this art seminar was to bring artistic minds closer to the world of art and beyond as well as sensitize them towards appreciation of various forms of art. Paintings drawn by participating artists were of various forms viz. miniature, contemporary and modern art.
Such an event is being organised by this group of artists twice a year. The visual art does express on a more profound level than any other form of art. Artists in their mind have an impact of contemporary happenings of their time and its influence depicts in their paintings. With changing times at fast pace, artists develop new aesthetic criteria also, to meet the needs of time they belong to.
At times, the work may not be as ‘attracting’ as that of miniature or other traditional art but their work if compared to modern living and problems faced by the society would reflect correct and deep expression of the age in which we are living today.
The participating artists were Prof Suresh Sharma, Prof. L L Verma, Prof. Basant Kashyap, Dinesh Kothari, Lalit Sharma, Naseem Ahmed, Anil Mohanpuria, Jagdish Kumawat, Snehil Babel, Urvashi Singhvi and Prof. Mahendra Kadia. It was indeed a privilege to visit the symposia and to interact with the participating artists.
In a total informal atmosphere in the lap of lash green hills of the city with rains at regular intervals, the symposia did create a lively environment in the art loving visitors and students. The formal closing ceremony shall be held on 23 August, where participating artists shall be honoured with expression of gratitude by M N Singhvi, Chairman of S S College of Engineering, Umrada for having made the seminar a success.
Author: Mahendra K Kothari, Honorary Correspondent, UdaipurTimes, Ahmedabad