JAMMU, Feb 11: Usha Vohra, First Lady, inaugurated 51st Annual State Art Exhibition at the Kala Kendra here today.
Usha Vohra keenly viewed the paintings and sculptures presented by the artists. She observed that any work of art is the best when the artist is able to give meaningful expression to his thoughts and successfully transfer it to the viewer. Herself a keen photographer and an ardent art lover, Usha Vohra lauded the works displayed, complimented the artists and urged them to continue their endeavours in their chosen fields.
She noted that for encouraging artists and enabling their survival there is urgent need for exploring and organizing the marketing of their artistic creations. She also urged Hajini to ensure the proper preservation of the precious cultural heritage of the State.
She presented awards to the winners. Renu Bala and Rouf Qayasi were given cash awards of Rs. 51,000 for Sculpture and Painting, respectively, in the Artist Category and Ankit Sudan, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat and Subash Anand were given Certificates of Merit and Consolation Prizes of Rs. 1000.
In the students category Jaswinder Singh and Mohammad Yunus were given cash awards of Rs. 10,000 each for Painting and Sculpture, respectively. Mohammad Sayeed Teli and Sachin Kumar were given Certificates of Merit and Consolation Prizes of Rs. 1000 each, in this category.
Dr. Aziz Hajini, Secretary, JK Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in the welcome address informed that the Academy received 129 entries of which 111 were Paintings and 18 Sculptures.