3-day national level Painting camp on tribal life and culture organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation and District Administration Udhampur concluded here today.
Former Tribal Minister and sitting MLA, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali was the chief guest at the valedictory function, while veteran artist N D Jamwal, art historian, Dr. Lalit Gupta and Dr. Javaid Rahi, Secretary, Tribal Foundation were in the presidium.
Interacting with the tribal scholars and artists, Ch Zulfkar Ali said that tribal of Jammu and Kashmir are very rich in terms of their culture, tradition and heritage. He praised the visual artists for reflecting the richness of tribal ethnicity and life style through their painting created during the camp.
He further said that he was greatly enthused with this unique venture. He said that it is hightime to establish tribal museum in the state so that the culture of tribal groups will get preserved, documented and exhibited in a manner which emerges as centre of attraction for domestic and international tourists.
Dr. Javaid Rahi said that the collection of painting created during the camp will be exhibited in the National Painting Exhibition to be held in Jammu.
He said, the main objective of this camp was to document tribal and nomadic culture of state and to attract the artists' fraternity of India towards colourful culture of Gujjars, Bakerwals and other tribes.
Dr. Lalit Gupta said that this tradition of reflecting tribal culture through the medium art must be carried on. He said that tribal folk art forms should be revived and documented in a scientific manner.
N D Jamwal praised the organisers and said that this camp will add new dimensions to the tradition of realistic painting in J&K.
A number of dignitaries who visited the camp included Justice Tashi Rabistan, Judge of High Court, Sojanay Sharma, Director, Urban and Local Bodies, Dr. A S Amn, Aditional Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, vetren writer, Dr. Rafeeq Anjum, renowned sclputor, Arvind Gupta, artist, Milan Shama and Zaffar Iqbal Chowhary.
The artists who are participating in the camp included R P Singh, Akram Khan, Satpaul Deol, Rohit Verma, Rakesh Kumar, Sahil Ohri, Narinder Bhagat, Anjli Bharti, Munir Chowdhary, Mahua Gupta, Kanchal Verma and Sakhsi Khullar.