Shilpakala Sambhrama-20, a three-day exhibition, demonstration and lectures related to sculpting was inaugurated on Friday at Kalamandira.
Former president of Karnataka Shilpakala Academy and Sculptor Venkatachalapathi inaugurated the event organised by Department of Kannada and Culture in association with Karnataka Shilpakala Academy.
Delivering the inaugural address, Venkatachalapathi said: “Sculpting is a great art form and it has its own legacy. Today, most of the sculptures are designed by mixing up of many forms of sculpting styles. This needs to be avoided and the contemporary sculptors must focus on the traditional style of sculpting. We also see that many styles and forms of sculpting are getting extinct. The academy needs to address this issue by organising camps, seminars and educate aspirant sculptors to take up the traditional style of sculpting.”
Expressing concern over declining popularity of sculpting art, Sculptor Venkatachalapathi suggested that a sculpture school akin to the famed Mahabalipuram Sculpture School must be set up in Mysuru that can benefit various aspirant sculptors and take the art of sculpture to a higher level.
“The Karnataka Shilpa Kala Academy which started in 1995 was getting a fund of Rs 7 lakh from the government, ten years later in 2005 the fund was raised to 21 lakh and today government is releasing funds amounting to Rs one crore for the academy. These funds must be properly used,” he added.
Director, Centre of excellence for classical Kannada study, CIIL Dr C K Khandobha, Senior Journalist Amshi Prasanna Kumar, Assistant director Kannada and culture Nirmala Matapathi, President of Karnataka Shilpakala Academy Mahadevappa Shambhulingappa shilpi and others were present.
A sculpture exhibition was organised on the occasion at Suchitra Art Gallery and as many as 30 works of art by sculptors were exhibited. A series of 50 embossed sculptures portraying the mythological ‘Mahendra Moksha’ was the main attraction of the exhibition.