Chandigarh 30 July (Pooja Goyal):

Ashok Vajpeyi, eminent poet, writer on art and former Chairman National Lalit Kala Akademi will address the audience and distribute the Awards.

Punjab Lalit Kala AKademi is organising its Annual Art Exhibition 2018 along with distribution of awards to the Award winners on Thursday 26th July 2018 at 5.30 pm at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16 B, Chandigarh.

Artworks by professional artists, student artists and senior artists from Punjab and Chandigarh, carefully selected by the judging committee and selection committee, will be on display during this much awaited art event of the year in the region.

Total 116 artworks by 88 artists from Punjab and Chandigarh are being exhibited in this exhibition.

In the professional section three Awards of Rs. 50,000/- each will be given to Mr. Amarbir Singh from Mohali, for the sculpture titled “Birth of an Artist; Mr. Jaspreet Singh from Akkanwali, Mansa for the painting titled “Life of My Village” and Ms. Manjot Kaur from Kharar for the drawing titled “Growing Smaller”.

In the students section five Awards of Rs. 25,000/- each will be given to: Mr. Gurjeet Singh from Algon Kothi, Tarantaran, for the sculpture titled “Lady with Pink Lips”, Ms. Gurneet Kaur from Kharar for the painting titled “Games of Life”, Mr. Gurpreet Singh from Badhni Kalan, Moga for the sculpture titled “Blood Diamond”, Mr. Gurpreet Singh from Khanna, for the drawing titled “Mere Supniyan vich mera Ghar” and Neha Gupta from Baltana, Zirakpur for the painting “Isolation”.

The two person jury consisting of internationally acclaimed artists Mithu Sen and Sonia Khurana from Delhi, recommended the names for awards for Annual Art Exhibition 2018 and the artworks to be displayed in the exhibition.

Total 420 artworks were received in the competition section for this exhibition.

231 artworks were received for Professional category out of which 43 works are selected and 189 artworks were received for Student category out of which 43 works are selected.

Artists from Punjab and Chandigarh were requested to submit entries in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, graphics/print making, photography, drawing, mixed-media, installation, video installations and other related discipline.

Along with these selected artworks, Akademi has invited senior and established artists to send their artworks so that the Annual Art Exhibition becomes truly representative of the art created in the region in recent years.

Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi organizes its Annual Art Exhibition every year to encourage talented artists by giving awards and also by showcasing the art created in this region.

An aesthetically designed and professionally printed 204 page catalogue with the reproduction of all the artworks represented in this exhibition, portraits of all the participating artists and detailed report on all the programmes organised by the Akademi since January 2017 till date, will also be released by Shri Ashik Vajpeyi on this occasion.

Apart from the opening on 26th at 5.30 pm the exhibition will remain open from 27th July to 1st August 2018 daily between 11.00 am and 7.00 pm at the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi Gallery, Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16 B, Chandigarh

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