On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, ‘The Women’s Festival – Samarth’ began at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). During the inaugural ceremony, renowned artists from India and abroad like Sanjay Roy, Amber Hiscott and Dr. Rekha Bhatnagar expressed their views on women’s achievement and contributions in the world of art.
In her Welcome Address, the Director General, JKK, Ms. Kiran Soni Gupta said that women have huge strides in every field be it social, political, finance, art or home. The best way to empower women is by skilling then, identifying her talents and nurturing them. Through this festival and its various events like art camp, photo exhibition, henna competition, painting on natural fibre workshop as well as Mandana art camp, JKK is giving a platform to women to express themselves through art. Also, present on the occasion were – Additional Director General (Technical), Mr. Furqan Khan and Additional Director General (Admin), Dinesh Jangid.
Art Talk – Pink Heart and Iron Willed by Sanjay Roy
A freelance artist from New Delhi, Mr. Sanjay Roy delivered an enlightening talk on the contribution of both Indian and International women artists. He showed artworks of International women artists like – Georgia O’Keaffe, Louise Bourgeois, Bridget Riley, Frida Kahlo, Barbara Hepworth, among others. Among the Indian women artists whose works were shown were– Arpita Singh, Anupam Sud, Shobha Broota, Vasundhara Tiwari, Anjolie Ela Menon, among others. He concluded the talk with the screening of 3 of his short films.
Acrobatic Yoga Performance by Anamika and Manish Kothari
The talented duo and World Record Holder, Anamika Kothari (17 years) and Manish Kothari (11 years) presented a spellbinding gymnastics and acrobats performance. The duo contorted their bodies into various postures maintaining hand-foot balance and coordination.
Photo Exhibition – Many faces of Women
To celebrate the International Women’s Day, a month long photo exhibition –’Many Faces of Women’ is being displayed in the Sphetic Gallery of JKK. In the photo exhibition, 116 photographs by 90 photographers from across India have been chosen by an eminent jury for display. The selected photos depict contrast of different lifestyles from urban and rural women. The photos also convey courage , motherhood , dissent, passion and other aspects of women . The selected photos are from seven states of India such as Jaipur , Odisha, New Delhi , UP, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. The show has been curated by award winning photographers – Mr Himanshu Vyas and Dr Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi. The judging was done by Umesh Gogna , Rajnish Pardal and Sudhir Kasliwal.
International Women’s Art Camp (8 March to 13 March)
An International Women’s Art Camp which began at JKK will be on till 13 March. It is being attended by as many as 36 national and international artists from 12 countries who are displaying their artistic talents during the camp. Artists from over 15 countries are participating in the camp. These countries include – Canada, Germany, Japan, Romania, Austria, among others. Not only this, as many as 23 artists are participating in the art camp from across the country. They have come from States like – Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, New Delhi, West Bengal, among others. The art camp is being held from 9.30 am to 5 pm daily.
International Women Artists Exhibition (8 March to 31 March)
An International Women Artists Exhibition also began at JKK. The exhibition is spread across the Surekh, Sudarshan and Sukriti art galleries. Around 20 paintings by artists participating in the international women’s art camp are being displayed at Sukriti. Similarly, 30 paintings from JKK’s collection are being displayed at Sudarshan and 29 paintings are being exhibited in Surekh which have been curated by Director General of JKK, Ms. Kiran Soni Gupta. The exhibition will be on till 31 March. The exhibition is open daily from 11 am to 7 pm.