SRINAGAR: As Fida Hussain, a self-taught artist, showcases his work at a calligraphy exhibition in downtown Srinagar, he says the space provided to artists like him was limited.
Fida has been associated with the art from years but has got a chance to participate in exhibition for the first time.
“An artist would want exhibitions to take place in order to present his work otherwise his skills are wasted,” said Fida. “The place where we live in is known for its art and architecture but many of the forms of art have faded away. One can only bring them back to people through art.”
He feels dearth of facilities that an artist deserves to have.
“If we draw or paint something, we should be able to present that so that when people from other places come, we can think together and evolve something different.”
Another artist, Ishfaq Ali said that valley was losing its artists to other states as they get a good platform and exposure as well.
“Here exhibitions take place once or twice in a year but in other states, exhibitions take place throughout the year and artists of the valley prefer to move outside,” Ishfaq said.
The artists said that due to lack of facilities, their art remains confined to their rooms. Even if, they get accolades on occasion, selling a piece of art is still a tough task.
People are unaware about the efforts a piece of art takes, they said.
However, Ambreen, a student of Applied Arts from Institute of Music and Fine Arts, University of Kashmir feels that the social media becomes helpful in places which lack such facilities.
“In such places where people are not sensitized about the art and its importance, one can make use of social media as a good platform in putting forward work.”