eNarada, Bengaluru, Friday, February 24, 2017
The prestigious National Akademi Awards was conferred to 15 leading artists on Friday. The awards were presented by Karnataka Governor VR Vala.
Speaking on the occasion, Lalita Kala Akademi administrator CS Krishna Setty said,” The works of the awardees have expressed a spectacular range of subjects to express their creative abilities and carry in them an unwritten history of development, emerging trends and even influences that have pivoted the art movement in the country.”
Fifteen artists were felicitated during the Lalita Kala Akademi Awards in Bengaluru on Friday. Photo courtesy: Antony Anjee
The winning awardees of the Coveted National Award at the 58th National Exhibition are:
Aisharjya Paramita Konwar, Kavita Mehrotra, Suresh K.,Nilmoni Raha, Ananya Dalal, Akhil Mohan,Madan Lal, Satish, Hanumanthappa Multhali, Anil Kumar Bodwal, Hartish Kumar Ojha, Sajeesh P.A., Gukanraj Kothandaraman, Lakshaman Prasad, D. Saravana Deivasegamani and Vijay Bhagat.
The Award ceremony coincides with the opening of a month-long National Exhibition of Art being held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru, comprising the 111 selected artworks, of the 58th National Exhibition of Art. The display is open to the public on all working days, except Mondays.
Governor welcomes Mr Gadanayak
Meanwhile, Mr VR Vala welcomed the well-known sculptor Adwaita Gadanayak who also gave away Lalita Kala Akademi awards to deserving artists.
Adwaita Gadnayak, who is currently serving as the Director-General of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), was born in Neulapoi village (Dhenkanal district, Odisha) and went on to study at the prestigious BK College of Arts and Crafts in Bhubaneswar and later post-graduation at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London in 1995. His works include the black marble replica of Gandhiji leading the Salt March and interactive art work at Lodhi Garden in New Delhi and the depiction of the Gandhi household ‘Hriday Kunj’ at the Gandhi Museum. Even before he could have formal training, Gadanayak learnt his first lessons in art from observing his mother’s design clay artefacts.
Adwaita Gadanayak is also the brain behind the KIIT University’s Sculpture Park. He had carved stones into various shapes to tell stories of success and spirituality. He pioneered the sculpture park where stones were deftly cut and shaped into curious geometrical forms and highlighted by colourful lights and soft music which provides a soothing experience for the senses. This KIIT sculpture garden is innovative in using only locally available stone, as against the common practice of getting stones from other states.