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March 7, 2016 , By BlabberCat

CAF’s annual Art contest

CAF’s annual Art contest
“The Earth without art is just eh.” It is not known who said this, but we also know that everybody on Earth agrees with that – written  Samreen Akhter 
It was on the 2nd of March, 2016 that the philanthropic wing of Kokuyo Camlin, the oldest stationery company in India, Camlin Art Foundation (CAF) announced the winners of this year’s CAF Annual Art Contest at a prestigious ceremony held at Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Kolkata. The felicitation program was graced the presence of eminent personalities such as Mr. Wasim R. Kapoor, a prominent artist, Mr. Saasachi Chakraborty, a very well known actor, director and nature photographer and a renowned art critic, Mr. Shankar Bhattacharya.

This year, the competition went national from the regional one that it used to be with a national jury replacing the regional ones. It must have been a very difficult task, selecting the 16 best art pieces from a staggering 7000 entries that they received. The Camel Art Foundation truly believes in promoting art throughout the world. This is reflected in its attempt to bar geographical barriers from preventing budding artists from the smaller parts of the country from submitting their beautiful paintings. Participation can now happen online which has made the entire process of submission, a cakewalk. Breezing through the website, one can now get well versed with the entire mechanism which is least time consuming and highly economical.

The lucky winners will be getting a coveted chance of an all expenses paid trip to some of the best art galleries and museums in Paris, Rome, Florence and Amsterdam. While the professional category winners were awarded cash prizes of Rs. 1 lakh each, in the student category, one winner and two best entries in each of the four medium – Oil, Acrylic, Water and Drawing & Pastels – were given cash prizes worth Rs. 50,000 and 21,000.

Be it the painting Tapas Das that expressed his love for his grandmother or the painting Bikas Karmakar that showed the faces of deprived children in this so called colourful world or  the painting titled Eyes and Emotions Pankaj Kumar, that flawlessly portrayed the beauty of human emotions, the list is endless.

BlabberCat happened to stumble across two slightly complicated paintings and was, as usual, fortunate enough to meet the painters themselves. While one of them, titled the Stitched Heart seemed intricate, the painter, Saloni Agarwal, explained that it had been inspired the story of The Monkey and The Crocodile from the Panchatantra. Navel Kumar A., the creator of the piece titled Magical Stories truly had a magical story behind his art. His friend had actually gifted him a novel to encourage him to cultivate the habit of reading. But he happened to have given his heart away to painting a long time ago. So he took the book and for each page in it, he painted an object that the page reminded him of. It is absolutely remarkable how the artists have been so passionately involved with their exhibits and enjoyed seeing their paintings basking in glory and awe.

In this world that is obsessed with technology and money, it is art that still holds its place strong. And this attempt Kokuyo Camlin to promote and encourage new artists from every corner of the country is truly laudable.

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