Three day national painting exhibition on life and culture of Tribal Communities of Jammu and Kashmir concluded here today at Kalakendra.
The exhibition was jointly organized by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation in collaboration with District Administration Udhampur. The special focus of this first ever event was on Gujjar Communities of J&K.
On concluding day, Ch Zaffar Khatana Vice Chairman State Advisory Board for Development of Gujjars and Bakerwal was the Chief guest while a number of political dignitaries, Social scholars, member of civil society, artists, writers and students visited the show.
Dr. Javaid Rahi -Gujjar researcher and organizer of the programme said people have preconceived notions about tribal being very primitive in their outlook but here their art, craft, culture and traditions all appear very sophisticated and to prove this we will hold this exhibition in Srinagar, and Udhampur shortly.
Speaking on the occasion Zaffar appreciated the artists and said it spoke volumes about the rich culture and tradition of tribal communities. . He said this is the rare collection of Art on Gujjar and Bakerwal Tribes. He said that artists have done an impressive work to highlight life and culture of Tribal people. He stressed on preservation and documentation of rich and vibrant tribal Art of the State.
He appreciated the work of Tribal Foundation and District Administration Udhampur and offered all help of board for cultural development of Gujjars.
Vikramaditya Singh Member Legislative Council also visited the gallery and appreciated the work. He recorded his comment on visitor book which reads ‘It is truly inspiring to see good work of art form from different areas of J&K State. I complement the artists’.
Artists whose work was on display included Kulwant Singh Gill, K K Gandhi, R P Singh,Akram Khan, Satpaul Deol, Rohit Verma, Rakesh Kumar, Sahil Ohri, Narinder K Bhagat, Anjli Bharti, Munir Chowdhary, Mahva Gupta, Kanchan Verma, Sakhsi Khullar Gupta and others.Gupta and others.