Jammu Tawi, December 20
Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh on Tuesday said that art is best medium to bridge the gap among various shades of the society.
“Being an artist is a treat from God,” said the minister at the closing ceremony of painting competition organized by Indian Art Centre at Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar here today. He said the artists, especially veterans and seasoned artists should take along amateurs and create a movement for art. He lauded veteran artists for depicting and popularizing Basohli miniature painting.
“Artists vision should be clear about their work and about their places too,” Mr Singh said. He said that Basohli painting, school of Pahari miniature painting that flourished in the Jammu and Kashmir during the late 17th and the 18th centuries was known for its bold vitality of colour and line.
“We are proud of artists who used to use leaf or vegetable color and took the art to that level,” he said. “A lot is to be done from our side now. We all can make a difference to be emphatic toward the artiste and various forms of artists in the State,” he said.
He said that like in Rajasthan, the royal patronage gave rise to a profusion of distinctive painting styles that revolved around poetical and religious themes and court life. Similarly, with the patronage and current Government’s seriousness, the miniature painting would find its new way in the across the world.