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Art, artisans essential for cultural and historical identification of country: Culture Minister

05-03-2020

New Delhi,Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has underlined the important role that art and artisans play in preserving the history and cultural identity of a country and passing it from one generation to another."We would have been deprived of our rich historical and cultural identity without these works of arts" the minister said."Interestingly, it is a language that everybody understands and that is what I consider the beauty and essence of 'Lalit Kala' (fine arts), the Union Minister said while inaugurating the 61st edition of National Exhibition of Art and National Kala Mela at Lalit Kala Akademi here on Wednesday evening."The broken bits of terracotta discovered from archaeological sites like Rakhigarhi and Dholavira are example of fine arts. They have the potential to create and enrich history," Mr Patel added.

The minister also congratulated the 15 Lalit Kala Akademi awardee, who were conferred the prestigious award by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Wednesday morning.Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal stressed on the importance of art in one's daily life, especially in context of beautification of the national capital, he said, "We are trying to make Delhi more beautiful via public art as life in the city is very stressed out, even something as small and good as a good piece of art can uplift people's spirit and give them a few moment's relief amidst their daily hustle."

Equating public art with health system "as great stress buster, " he said, that it also contributes to economic growth and sustainability, a sense of attachment or belonging to one's own cultural identity and help us understand history, culture and traditions of others as well.Speaking on the plight of artists in the country, Lalit Kala Akademi chairman Uttam Pacharne said, "Women and tribal people have been left behind in the world of art. As a result most women artists have struggled to move ahead of drawing birds and rabbits and that is also the reason we don't have too many tribal artist who are part of the mainstream. Therefore, there is a need for preserving and promoting the collective contribution of all those communities who have been left out."

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