SRINAGAR: Stone carving and painter’s camp organised by North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, concluded on Tuesday at its city office at Nehru Park, Dalgate here.
In connection with 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the stone carving camp started on October 2 while the painter’s camp began on October 10.
Besides locals, the sculptors from various places of the northern India participated in the camp. Those who participated include Gurmeet Goldie (Chandigarh), Mithun Kumar Dutta (Dharamshala, HP), Arjinder Kumar (Jammu), Shaiqa Mohi (Srinagar) and Mohd Iqbal (Srinagar).
The artists (painters), who participated in the camp include Harsh Vardhan (Jammu), Sadhna Sangar (Chandigarh), Bheem Malhotra (Chandigarh), Masood Hussain (Srinagar), M A Mehboob (Srinagar), Shafi Chaman (Srinagar), Kanwal Pal Singh (Chandigarh), Nand Lal Thakur (Shimla, UP), Suresh Kumar Chaudhary (Kangra, HP) and Rachita Dutta (Jammu).
The artists said they had a great time in working in Kashmir for the first time as most of them were from the outside valley. They promised to visit and work here again if such project comes to their way.
Art lovers from across Kashmir as well as few foreign tourists visited the stone carving and painter’s camp and appreciated the work of the artists.
Director NZCC, Prof Saubhagya Vardhan said they will continue to organise such activities in the valley. “I believe that art connects people from whatever background or religion you belong to. In these camps, we had artists from different religions who loved working and got connected to each other,” he said.
“For the next time, we are planning to organise the painter’s camp for students and it will take place in an open space most probably at the university lawns,” he added.
Consultant NZCC, Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan said, “We are happy that NZCC is organising such unique activities in the field of art, culture and fine arts in the valley. The people here are really appreciating this work.”