Jaipur, Dec 8 : The fourth edition of the Jaipur Art Summit (JAS), which began on Wednesday at Ravindra Manch, has some unique art pieces including a gigantic Kolhapuri chappal and Kathakali chair, which are grabbing eyeballs. The art summit has been attracting people in the last few years owing more to controversies. Today a ruckus over a semi-nude painting at the summit, could be a way of grabbing attention in these leans days after demonetization, say some of the visitors at the thinly crowded fair.
A large number of students from various art and architecture institutes are participating in the summit. Artists from 25 countries and art works from 29 countries under one roof at this summit. Artists from different countries such as Austria, Argentina, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, Hungry, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Myanmar, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri-Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA, and Vietnam are showcasing their art at the event and are also participating in various activities to promote the craft.
In his welcome address, Founder Director of JAS, Mr. Shailendra Bhatt said that art has only one language across the globe – ‘art’ itself.
The first day of the event also witnessed interesting art talks and discussions. A Book ‘The Stream — Poetry with Paintings’ by Dinesh Kumar from New Delhi was also released on the occasion. Art movies – ‘A Painter in the Woods, Ukraine’ by Thomos Schumacher and an animation film ‘Sound of Joy, India’ by Sukankan Roy were also screened. ‘Presentation & Creative Workshop on Indian Folk Art’ by Stroke Arts Studio, Singapore was also held. There were various art and musical performances like Sitar performance by Imran Khan from Mumbai and Tabla performance by Haider Khan.
In addition to this there were also live demonstration of various tribal and traditional arts. A calligraphy workshop is also being conducted at the summit.
Barring an incident of minuscule women protestors voicing their concern about a semi-nude painting, the exhibition has been largely bereft of any controversy. Last year a floating balloon installation had caused a commotion with police stepping in and bringing down the installation.
Year before there was a ruckus over an art model of toilet seat depiction Lord Ganesha, which was also taken off the display.
Shailendra Bhatt said : “It is unfortunate that some persons came in the afternoon around 1.30 pm and forcibly took away a painting entitled ‘Anubhav’ of London Based, Radha Binod Sharma. The painter also got hurt in the scuffle. The organizers of the Summit strongly condemn such acts of vandalism on the creative freedom of the artists. We have received a message from Lal Kothi Police Station that the painting has been recovered and has been reinstalled at the Summit. The artistes from 25 countries who are participating at the Summit were dismayed by today’s incident.”