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NE artists paint permanence in unrest
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Sep. 2008 1:25 AM IST
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Thirty three paintings in acrylic and oil by seventeen artists drawn from the eight Northeastern states depicted the beauty and permanence of nature, art, culture and tradition, a stark contrast to the region ridden with insurgency, turmoil and unrest. The artists poured out their emotions, visions and motifs and brought to life the blank canvases laid before them during the 5-day (Sept 22-26) North-East Painting Workshop held at North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Dimapur. Tlang Rokhuma, a national awardee from Mizoram in his acrylic on canvas titled “My duty” depicts a Mizo woman engaged in sifting paddy, her head bent in submission to duty. Though dressed in traditional finery, she has to complete her household chores before taking part in any festivity. Bishambhor Sharma’s “Loktak Lake” shows the dependence of man on nature despite the lake being traversed and violated by militants. Upcoming artist from Nagaland Temjen Aier tries to bring out the essence of the “equal status” enjoyed by women in Naga society by juxtaposing the shawls worn by Ao Naga male and female in his canvas “Equality.” Another Naga artist Akup Buchem in his canvas “Peace of mind” captures a moment of perfect harmony and bliss a Naga couple enjoys in the old traditional setting. DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier who graced the valedictory function of the workshop as the chief guest Thursday, praised the Northeast artists and said they had succeeded in expressing their visions in their canvases, which were also windows to the northeast. Urging the northeast artists to be more innovative in their colours, themes and thoughts, the DC also called upon them to convey to the world and rest of India one important message in their paintings – the religious tolerance in the Northeast. Pointing to a painting titled “Whisper” by Vijay Mani Thulung from Sikkim, Maongwati said the work reflected the “tranquil” state of Sikkim as compared to other northeast states rocked by unrest. Director NEZCC, V. Hekali Zhimomi who proposed vote of thanks said NEZCC would continue to ensure that the “voice of Northeast” was heard in other parts of the world. She also said the workshop proved to be a refreshing and learning experience not only o the artists but also officials of NEZCC. Section officer, NEZCC, Z Lhousa chaired the valedictory function while exhibition officer Phesao gave a report on the workshop. Caption:

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