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The gigantic and spectacular scrolls created under the unique initiative ‘Kala Kumbh’ have now been installed at the Rajpath for the Republic Day 2022 celebrations.
What is Kala Kumbh?
Kala Kumbh is organised by the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA).
Purpose: It is an artist workshop for painting scrolls representing the tales of valour of unsung heroes of India’s freedom movement.
Aim: To amalgamate varied forms of visual and performing arts of the country to represent the true essence of unity and diversity in India.
The works of art done on the gigantic scrolls will form an integral part of the Republic Day celebrations 2022. This workshop marks a unique collaboration between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Defence.
The paintings at these workshops were done by more than five hundred artists spread over two locations, Odisha and Chandigarh.
Significance: The workshop will garner the interest of each individual to dig deep into the history of the unsung heroes of India’s freedom struggle and would also draw attention towards the unified visual aspects of modern, indigenous and contemporary arts of India.
What is the National Gallery of Modern Art?
It is a premium art gallery under the Ministry of Culture.
It was established in 1954 by then vice-president Dr S Radhakrishanan in the presence of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
It is a repository of the cultural ethos of the country and showcases the changing art forms through the passage of the last hundred and fifty years, starting from about 1857 in the field of Visual and Plastic arts.
Headquarters: Jaipur House, New Delhi.
Source: This post is based on the article ‘The gigantic and magnificent scrolls created under the unique initiative ‘Kala Kumbh’ installed at Rajpath for Republic Day 2022 celebrations’ published in PIB on 21st January 2022.