SRINAGAR Stone carving & Painters camp organized 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 2nd October while painters camp begun on 10th October respectively.
Besides from local, sculptors from different places of the northern India participated in the camp. Those who participated include Gurmeet Goldie (Chandigarh), Mithun Kumar Dutta (Dharamshala, H.P), 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, U.P), Suresh Kumar Chaudhary (Kangra, H.P) and Rachita Dutta (Jammu).
The artists said that 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 the all parts of Kashmir as well as few foreign tourists visited the stone carving, painters camps and appreciated the work of these Artists.
Director NZCC, Prof Saubhagya Vardhan said that they will continue to organize 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, Vardhan said.
For the next time, we are planning to organize the painters 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 organizing such unique activities in the field of art, culture and fine arts in the valley. The people here are really appreciating this work
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