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‘Seeing Beyond’ solo exhibition underway
Correspondent KOHIMA, Aug 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Aug. 2010 12:56 AM IST
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‘Seeing Beyond’ a solo exhibition of 26 paintings and 5 sculptures by Akup Buchem Phom is underway at art exhibition hall, State Academy Hall Kohima. The exhibition is being organised in dedication of Lt. Kazhumo Noudi (1911-2010), the first Naga artist.
Inaugurating the exhibition, Census director Hekali Zhimomi said Naga artists gave symbolic representation of their cultural characteristics through art, which gives better understanding of Naga culture. She stated that government should encourage community of art through infrastructure and financial assistance.
Acknowledging the older generation artists for pioneering art as a profession in the state, Hekali urged artist community, art lovers and Nagas to preserve the works of the pioneer artists and also hold exhibitions in their tribute.
Speaking on the theme of the exhibition, Hekali stated that the theme was aptly framed for a person like Akup Buchem Phom who was very bold in his works towards a vision. Basing on years of workmanship with Phom, Hekali said Akup was a versatile self-taught artist whose works were symbolic of traditional and cultural characteristics. She encouraged Akup to experiment more and set a bold trend for the upcoming artists.
Giving the thematic message, Akup Bechum Phom explained that ‘Seeing Beyond’ indicated a window to see beyond the immediate world, have liberty and freedom to perceive, or express without any bondage. Recipient of governor medal Akup mentioned that his initial years as an artist were full of discouragement with no proper facility or avenue for guidance.
However, he said with a clear vision, he went beyond the line of materialism. Akup acknowledged the guidance of Vilalhou Noudi, Dilip Yamully, professor from Guwahati Art College and Mahushor Baro.
He expressed hope that proper institution of art and art gallery would be set up to encourage and guide artists.

Vilalhou Noudi from Art and Culture department said there was much to be desired for promotion of art and culture in the state. However, he pointed out that there were many factors limiting it, such as no fund/provision from the government to support or promote it.
While calling out the need to promote artists in the state, Noudi stated that the Governor’s Award for excellence in the field of Art and Young Artist Award under NEZCC were great boost for artists and art in the state.
At the age of 24 years, Akup Buchem Phom has been awarded with the Governor’s Award in 2010, Gold Medal in Avantica International Talent Search Painting Competition, 1999, 5th North East Exhibition of Art 2008, Young Naga Talent Award NEZCC 2006-09 besides other competition awards. He had also exhibited his works in major group exhibitions in national and north-east level, and also participated in workshops of art, painting, stone carving, wood carving etc.
Sponsored by NEZCC Dimapur and Department of Art and Culture, the art exhibition will be open till August 8 from 11 am to 4 pm.

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