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Art for Concern to Host Two-day Traditional and Folk Art Exhibition in Delhi

This exhibition of Traditional and Folk Art is an attempt to showcase the indigenous art forms and artists, and ensure that their legacy endures

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New Delhi, November 21, 2016: The capital is all set to witness a two-day exhibition of traditional and folk art from across India, including Kalighat paintings from the east, Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh and Chola bronzes from Tamil Nadu, on December 2 and 3.

The event is being organised at the Balassi Institute, Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, by Art for Concern.

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This exhibition of Traditional and Folk Art (TAFA) is an attempt to showcase the indigenous art forms and artists, and ensure that their legacy endures, the organisers said.

The show features traditional and folk artists like Manisha Jha, Rajendra Shyam, Kailash Chand Kumawat and Jijulal.

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The exhibition brings together traditional art from across India, giving a window of exposure to the dying forms that represent the fascinating folklore of each region. Here you will find Mata ni Pachedis from Gujarat and Kalighat paintings from the east next to Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh. Madhya Pradeshi Gond works will hang besides striking Chola bronzes from Tamil Nadu, Phads and Pichwais.

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“In their myriad forms, these traditional arts serve as essential documentation of India’s longstanding cultural heritage. Their legacy is not to be ignored. Yet a lack of patronage forces artists to look for alternative means of income, with the result that their work threatens to become a thing of the past,” the organisers said in a statement.

Art for Concern was initiated by Concern India Foundation in 1999 as a fundraising platform and a medium to promote established and upcoming Indian artists. (IANS)

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Exhibition Marking 100 Years of First Display of Korean Anti-Colonial Resistance to Open in Delhi

Notably, the entire Korean Peninsula was under Japanese occupation for 35 years from 1910-1945 because the Korean War (1950-53) separated it into North and South

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The exhibition "100th Anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement: One Shiny Day", commemorating the spirit of the March 1st Movement - pioneering display of anti-colonial sentiment against its coloniser Japan - will open at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Pixabay

As part of South Korea-India cultural exchange, an exhibition marking 100 years of the first display of Korean anti-colonial resistance will open in Delhi, and a show on Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March will travel to a South Korean museum next year.

The exhibition “100th Anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement: One Shiny Day”, commemorating the spirit of the March 1st Movement – pioneering display of anti-colonial sentiment against its coloniser Japan – will open at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) on August 14 and will continue till September 29.

Notably, the entire Korean Peninsula was under Japanese occupation for 35 years from 1910-1945 because the Korean War (1950-53) separated it into North and South.

On March 1, 1919, the movement was joined by people from different walks of life regardless of their region, status and wealth, hinting at the people’s will for independence at home and abroad.

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As part of South Korea-India cultural exchange, an exhibition marking 100 years of the first display of Korean anti-colonial resistance will open in Delhi, and a show on Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March will travel to a South Korean museum next year. Pixabay

The upcoming show will display art inspired by the North-South divide, the Korean War refugees, downfall of Korean imperialists, and the first freedom struggle and people’s solidarity.

“The exhibition will display the artworks of 12 artists teams: KWON Hayoun, KIM BoMin, KIM Woojo, BAE Sungmi, SHON Sunghyun, AHN Eun-me, AHN Changhong, LEE Sanghyun, LEE Woosung, JEONG Jae-wan and JO Dongwhan + JO Haejun,” the Korean Cultural Centre India said in a statement to IANS.

The exhibition will also celebrate 15th August, which is the Independence Day of both India and Korea – North and South.

“The exhibition presents the underlying theme of the sorrow and restoration of South Korea that has similar modern history to India. I hope the artworks promote mutual understanding and shared values of both people of India and Korea,” Shin Bong-kil, South Korea’s Ambassador to India, said.

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To deepen the Korea-India friendship through shared culture, NGMA’s in-house curated exhibition on Gandhi’s ‘Salt March’ in Dandi, will open next year at Daegu Art Museum in Daegu, South Korea.

The show of sculptures, paintings, sketches and art installations, will signify the non-violent independence movements of both Indian and Korean people.

The multimedia exhibition “Dandi Yatraa” is part of the year-long celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi and can be currently viewed at NGMA here. (IANS)