First-ever India Alumni Art exhibition opens tomorrow
The cultural arm of the Indian High Commission, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre will hold the first-ever India alumni art exhibition titled ‘Chitralekha’ at the J.D.A. Perera Art Gallery at the University of Visual and Performing Arts, from October 10 to 12.
The exhibition which is being held in collaboration with the National Gallery of Arts will feature special works of eminent Sri Lankan artists who studied in India.
The exhibition marks the Year of India Alumni observed by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Nearly 100 paintings by Indian alumni artists from all over Sri Lanka shall be on display at the exhibition. This includes veteran artists like Ananda Samarakoon, Somabandu Vidyapathi, Ven. L.T.P. Manjusri Thera, George Keyt, Harry Pieris and Upasena Gunawardena, among others.
The exhibition is a testament to the enduring friendship and cooperation between the two nations and also the universal appeal of the arts, transcending boundaries. A total of 25 contemporary Sri Lankan artists studied in different universities in India like Visva-Bharati of Santiniketan, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Rabindra Bharati University of Kolkata during the last five decades on various scholarship programmes.
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