Chandigarh National Crafts Mela ‘Meri Maati Mera Desh’-themed exhibition steals show
Chandigarh National Crafts Mela
‘Meri Maati Mera Desh’-themed exhibition steals show
By Ramesh K Dhiman
An exhibition under the patriotic theme “Meri maati mera Desh”, a brain child of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademy, curated to pay glowing tributes to freedom fighters and martyrs on the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal, 75th year of India’s independence, was the spotlight at the ongoing Chandigarh National Crafts Mela at Kalagram hosted by the NZCC in collaboration with Chandigarh Administration .
As you leisurely enter the imposing gate, you catch a glimpse of a life-sized fibre statue of martyr Sardar Udham Singh extending a rousing welcome to the visiting art cogniscento. As you consciouslly troop into the exhibition, you instantly get imbued with the unique spirit of patriotism as you thread your way through the fibre busts and statues of the freedom fighters, including Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpatrai, Chander Shekhar Azad, Rabindra Nath Tagore and many more, taking you back to the times of the relentless struggle for freedom of the country.
A Souvenir workshop has been dedicated to the freedom fighters who fought tooth and nail to free the Motherland from the fetters of slavery. The portraits and other srt work on display there done by acclaimed city artists leave you simply intrigued.
Clay making pottery workshop has also been put at the venue where some iconic artists, sculptors could be see creating wonders through their nimble fingers. Prominent among those participating in the demo-cum-workshop is Tulsi Ram, a star sculptor of the city.
In a chit-chat, CLCA Chairman Bheem Malhotra, the beacon behind several theme workshops in the tricity, said “We have organized a surfeit of theme workshops in the city. What makes us stand out among others is that we always hold workshops on well-meaning themes. The idea behind holding the exhibition was to pay tributes to the martyrs.Our upcoming exhibition will be on the Indian Heritage theme”