Mario Pathaw bags Crystal Award 2020

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 16 | Publish Date: 8/16/2020 12:53:19 PM IST

 The Crystal Award 2020 for excellence in visual arts was conferred upon Mario Pathaw by Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy at Raj Bhawan on Saturday after unveiling the portrait of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the cultural paintings unveiled by the first lady, Anuradha Roy, an official said on Sunday.

 The award was conferred in memory of Crystal Gayle Kharnaïor,a theatre artiste who passed away in 2017. The ceremony was conducted by Riti Academy for Promotion of Art Chairman, Raphael Warjri, in the presence of secretary to the Governor Pravin Bakshi, officials and staff of Raj Bhavan. The governor appreciated the efforts of Riti Academy for Promotion of Art and lauded the relentless pursuit of Warjri for the outstanding artworks that have adorned the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhawan.

In his address, Warjri expressed gratitude to the governor for considering the Award function at Raj Bhavan in spite of the current fragile situation due to COVID 19 pandemic.

He also placed on record that the pictures at Raj Bhavan were painted along with his talented apprentices, Skhemlang Hynñiewta and Denis Marbañiang.

The meritorious award received by Pascal Mario Kmenlang Pathaw is the outcome of his dedication to art and his enormous folk knowledge on Khasi cultural heritage and various elements of contemporary society. “It was observed that the family legacy is instrumental to nurturing and cultivating positive vibes that have motivated and inspired Mario Pathaw’s works to attain commendable impact and excellence,” Warjri said.

“The creative and original presentation of his graphic novel, film and other visual storytelling assignments is a testimony of his passion, dedication and distinction of his performance,” he added.

Mario Pathaw is an IIT, Bombay postgraduate degree holder in Master of Design and Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and is an ardent expert of innovative and aesthetic deliverance.

In recognition of his outstanding role to the growth and progress of the prospective entity of Khasi visual culture and folk heritage, Riti Academy shortlisted Mario Pathaw’s name among few nominees to honour his contribution with the Crystal Gayle Memorial Award 2020 for Excellence in Visual Arts.

In commemoration of the auspicious occasion, an art gallery and exhibition of Mario Pathaw artworks was inaugurated by Commissioner Secretary, Arts and Culture, Frederick Roy Kharkongor, Commissioner Secretary, Arts and Culture at the newly opened MAD Gallery, Jaiaw Langsning.

In his inaugural speech, Kharkongor spoke at length on the various aspects of visual arts as a cultural expression and emphasised on the formulation of the arts and culture policy.

An expert of art history, F D Hynñiewta delivered a lecture on the relevance of art in society and acknowledged the significance of the new National Education policy, which stressed on the importance of arts and culture in academic education.

The Mad gallery of Riti Academy is being supported by Saihun Phanbuh of Kay Rem Dee Children Center. The exhibition is open to public till  August 22, even as strict government protocols are to be observed in all respects.

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