Artists lament the absence of art gallery in State
Manipur Art fest 2019 concludes
IMPHAL | Sep 11
Manipur Art Fest 2019 concluded today with a positive response from different art lovers in the State. Different artists displaying their artworks in the fest expressed the need of an art gallery in the State to expose different state artists.
Co- founder of R & V Art house, Vijita Ningombam said the public response was overwhelming when compared with the previous festivals. She stated that they had earlier planned to involve different artists from northeast but the festival has been restricted to state level for better management in conducting the festival.
While stating that the festival will be organised during the same month every year, she expressed her desire to see the state government moving forward to encourage state artists. Since the fest is growing bigger each year and subsequently require more funds, financial problems in management can be a challenge in the future, she noted. As such, the government can come forward and collaborate with the art house so that better and larger festival can be organised next year, said Vijita.
When IFP interacted with different artists who were displaying their works, one Kenny Ngairangbam, who crafts toys out of fibre glass painted with traditional dresses of different communities of the state, said that there is not single art gallery in the State to display and expose their art work. Also, the public still have very little awareness of the value and interpretations of such art work.
He started off as a freelance illustrator, an art director in advertising in New Delhi and presently working as a co-founder of KoK designs in Imphal. He said that his work is a confluence of tradition and modernity.
Alex Chungkham, a second year fine arts student of Imphal Art College displaying paintings along with his colleagues in the fest, said art has no value in the State but such festival will be an exposure for different artists and the people will also gradually understand the value of art.
A tattoo artist, Asem Bidyajit expressed his desire to see a larger festival in the next edition and also said that organising such a fest annually will be a platform for different artists in the state whose talents are still not discovered.
The art fest which began on September 9 included fine arts, photography, face painting, tattoo art, live entertainment and music and foods.
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