Kohima, February 26 (MExN): In an effort to advance visual art to greater heights in the state, the Task Force for Music and the Arts (TaFMA) hosted the “Art Talk” program on February 25-26. Resource persons were Anupam Saikia, Lecturer, Department of Painting, Government College of Arts & Crafts, Assam and Rima Kalita, Researcher, IIT, Guwahati.
Inaugurating the programme, TaFMA Councilor Theja Meru said, “The real purpose of arts education is to complement the capacity of a human being to lead a successful and productive life in a society. Art is not a luxury, but a way to educate the whole individual to flourish. A great civilization is a first-rate Art.
He emphasized three important positive aspects of art: it repairs, gives life and heals; it unifies people; and it is a pollinator and acts as a catalyst to bring out the best in cultural expressions and life. He reminded artists not just to paint to survive, but to take it as a serious calling and try to be an agent of change.
A press release issued by Dr. Hovithal Sothu, Project Director, TaFMA, said 18 visual artists from the state were attending the “art conference” and it was coordinated by Adu Keditsu, Director, Electronics and lights.