The artistes were feted at the valedictory function of Shilpakala Sambharama-20 held to mark the 20th anniversary of the academy
“Even though science and technology are growing by leaps and bounds the art of sculpturing has retained its legacy,” said University of Mysore Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa.
Delivering the valedictory address at the Shilpakala Sambharama-20 organised by Department of Kannada and Culture and Karnataka Shikpakala Academy on Sunday at Kalamandir Prof K S Rangappa said, “Sculpturing has retained its unique identity in the fields of arts. The Shilpakala Academy’s initiative of felicitating senior sculptors and artistes who have dedicated their life to the field is laudable.”
“Shilpakala Academy is doing noteworthy work from past several years. If the academy cooperates and joins hands with the University of Mysore, the art of sculpture can be taken to a new dimension” he added.
Releasing a book containing details and achievements of thirty artistes Joint Director of Department of Kannada and Culture V N Mallikarjuna Swamy said, “Art and literature has contributed enormously towards the growth of our state. Thus it is the responsibility of every individual and the government to nurture all kinds of arts. The art of sculpturing exists from the start of human civilization. Every human emotion has been sculpted.”
“Badami, Aihole, Belur and Halebidu and various other places are a testimony to the richness of the art,” he added.
Later thirty sculptors from thirty districts of the state were felicitated to mark the 20th anniversary of Karnataka Shilpakala Academy.
Director of Karnataka Shilpakala Academy Mahadevappa Shambulingappa Shilpi, Secretary of Ramsons Kala Pratishtana R J Singh, Registrar Shilpakala Academy H V Indramma, Conveners Shivalingappa, Dr Geethanjali Achar and others were present.