Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate 1st International Kala Mela tomorrow

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the 1st International Kala Mela here tomorrow.
Lalit Kala Akademi, the premier institution for the promotion of art and culture, is organizing the event in  which artists and groups can showcase their artworks from February 4-18 daily from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
The inauguration will be followed by folk dance by Karunadasa Olaboduwa Dance Troupe, Srilanka and ‘Sargam’ Kathak Recital by Pandit Harish Gangani’s Team, India.
During the Kala Mela, different art workshops and activities like Visual Art Film Festival, Pottery/Pattachitra/Papier Mache workshops will be held.
Other events include the best from the waste workshop, musical performances, dance dramas, Violin making workshop by Sveceny, Czechia, Artist Gup Shup Point, Nukkad Natak, and Live performance.
International performances like Violin by Nuno Flores, Portugal; The Troth – Usne Kaha Tha A Story of Love and sacrifice in World War I, by Akademi South Asian Dance, UK; Violin by Jaroslav Sveceny Czechia; Yakshangana by Devika Rao, UK; Paino by Nobert Kale, Hungary and Yaa Devi by Devika Dance Theatre, UK will be taking place for the artists and art lovers.
This is for the first time that the Akademi has planned the International Kala Mela at such a large scale. It is going to prove a boon to especially those artists who cannot afford to exhibit their works of art in the Art Galleries.
With a firm commitment to the art fraternity, the Kala Mela will be a great delight to observe the paradigms of the contemporary nuances of the modernistic trends in art. All in all, it is intended to be first of its kind and a great milestone event, an official press release said.
More than 800 artists from all across the country are participating in the event. Many Embassies and Cultural Centres are participating in making this festival an International success.
Some of the countries taking part in the Mela are China, Venezuela, Peru, Portugal, Srilanka, Poland, Tunisia, Mexico, Bangladesh, Trinidad, Tobago, Fiji, France, Papua New Guinea, Czechia, UK, Spain and Brazil. There are around 325 stalls for Indian artists and organizations including International representations.
The International Kala Mela is coming at a time when there is a perceptible requirement in the art market for a wide-ranging, global platform for Indian art. The central objective of Kala Mela is to focus on the direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also educating and raising awareness about art, which has been the mandate of Lalit Kala Akademi.
This comprehensive outreach will include the participation of National, International level Artists/ Art Critics of repute from all over the globe, the release added.
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