Barinder Saluja, Chandigarh, March 14 : The Adviser to the Administrator, Mr. Pradip Mehra today inaugurated the 46th Annual Art Exhibition at the Art College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. The exhibition consisted of 300 piece of art work from the students of the college. Kuldeep Singh, a student of second year sculpture, presented a self made portrait of the Adviser to the Advisor.
While addressing the students, Mr. Pradip Mehra said, ” I am very happy to be here among the budding great artists of our city, though i am myself not a great appreciator of the art as I don’t know much about the art. I think it consists of two aspects, one is the imagination of the artist, who makes his own rule and the other is the perception of the viewer. But the paintings which i saw today were very impressive & eye catcher.” He also congratulated the artist of the Art College for the dedication with which they have made the sculptures. Mr. Mehra assured the college that the administration will do its best to facilitate them with the requirements. He expressed his great gratification in being a part of the work of art and creativity.Previously, Principal of the college, Mr. D.S.Kapoor, in his welcome note described the Advisor Mr. Pardip Mehra as the artist of the city. He also declared that college is going to start two new courses, i.e. Bachelor of Design & Bachelor of Multimedia.
SSP Naunihal Singh was also a surprise visitor at the exhibition earlier in the day today. He went around looking & admiring the masterpieces by the students. He said, ” that I find it quite good, all the paintings are very impressive. I cant say much about the intricacies of paintings but as far as naked eye is concerned, paintings are looking very catchie, colors are very rich.”
Students of the college were quite enthusiastic about the exhibition as they were curious to showoff their perceptions & masterpieces. The India Post had talked to some of the artist students who have displayed their artifacts in the exhibition :
Niharika – 4th year : She has displayed her prints with a theme of “Unlock the right lock”, and the form of this art is called Etching and Aquatint. While explaining about this, Niharika said, ” this type of art is done with hands using tools as pointed needles , using ink and rubbing the surface with thumb & fingers; then passing through press to get that print”.
Harpal – 4th year sculptor : Had displayed his art form with a theme as “Child Labour”. He said that he is very much moved with this social evil in which under aged children are made to work. ” I want to fight against this evil of our society and have adopted this way to express my feelings to aware the society to eradicate child labour for ever. In villages, it is a common sight to see a child being exploited to work as to earn lively hood for his family. This is what i have tried to show it in my sculptures.”
Pradeep – 3rd year Sculptor : “I have conceived & created this form of art of this Cow giving birth to a Calf just to show that how mean this world is..!!! Till this cow is giving milk to humans, it is quite important to us; but the moment Cow goes dry, we can find them as stray animals on the roads. People have expectations from the Cow till it is giving Milk. I want to convey that the living things may not be treated as use and throw items.”
Jagwinder Singh – 2nd year Sculptor : While describing his sculpture, Jallianwala Bagh – 1919, in which he has shown the atrocities of the Britishers on Indian’s specially Punjab, by sculpting a Foot stamping the hand, where foot is termed as British & hand as Indian People and bangle in the hand depicting Punjab. ” I belong to a remote village in Punjab and I am very much moved with the Jallainwala Bagh and often try to portray the same in my sculptures, keeping the sacrifices of the Punjabi’s in the war for the freedom.”
Jagdeep Singh – 3rd year – Painter : His painting had a unique type of art which showed Jagdeep himself working in his studio which is the theme as “Studio Task”. He told that this type of studio task is given to all the students and according to their imagination they have to paint down their own work as an image, on the canvas. “We have to take this task as live while working in the studio, either by getting a photo clicked or by looking into the mirror while working. Though the mirror aspect has gone outdated & digital cameras taking over.”
Prof. JP Singh – A teacher in this college has termed this exhibition as a very important platform in the life of a student of arts college as this is the very path through which students get the practical experience of being an artist. “I myself was a student of this college and decided to stay back and share my knowledge with the students. My work & knowledge as Public/Landscape Artist on Urban Architect of the Chandigarh city has been highly appreciated by many eminent artists of the city & abroad.”
To witness the event some of the eminent artists and old students were also present on the occasion. The exhibition will be on till 20th March 2011, from 10 am to 5 pm daily, inside the college campus.