New Delhi, March 09, 2021.
On the auspicious occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC) Sh. Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the All-Women’s Art Exhibition titled ‘Akshya Patra’ today at Rabindra Bhavan Galleries of Lalit Kala Akademi, India’s National Academy of Art, an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Culture.
Speaking on this occasion, the Minister said “Women have been the keystone in the unyielding arch of Indian art and culture. Looking at these mesmerizing artworks, I can only say that given the right opportunities, women can create magic. I find myself privileged to have had the honor of attending this event and I thank all the women of the country for their contribution to the growth and development of the nation.” Shri Patel, congratulated Lalit Kala Akademi for currating this encouraging opportunity for all the female artists around India & the world which had given them a platform where they are showcasing their work made with lots of emotions & the story of their lives.
The exhibition will last until March 20 and showcase more than 250 artworks from over 12 countries, including those created by 29 talented female artists that attended the three-day All Women’s National Art Camp at Garhi Studios during the last three days.
During the opening ceremony, the dignitaries were welcomed with plants to symbolize and celebrate eco-consciousness. They then proceeded to address the attendees and shared their deep-rooted love and respect for the Indian art culture and the role of women in it.
The multi-dimensional art show, exhibiting works of senior, young and budding art practitioners, has both Indian and international participants as it brings to the fore contemporary, tribal, international, and Avante Garde art practices worldwide, themed around the many faces and benefactions of Mother Nature.
Akshya Patra’ is the inexhaustible vessel which provides to all, mirroring the role of contemporary woman as a provider for her family and society. The works on display, through their artistic contributions, succinctly portray the feminine journeys, through life’s joys and sorrows. Through their heart-touching artworks, these creators also question the equation of power and relegation, the comfort of acceptance, and the soreness of negation, laying bare their emotional landscapes in their work.
Along with the inauguration, Lalit Kala Akademi presented #KaroNaSalam curated by Ms. Sayali Kulkarni where she gave a creative tribute to the COVID warriors by Indian Citizens.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, stated: “I congratulate all our wonderful artists who have been a part of this event for their tremendous efforts at portraying on canvas what is often hidden deep in our hearts.
Padmashri Baba Yogendra Ji addressed the crowd by saying these amazing lines: “Women are already very strong and capable. All they want is someone who will believe in their worth. I believe that our nation consists of an abundance of talented women. All they need is support and encouragement. Women have a new level of imaginative power. They are already artists in different fields that they work in.”