Camel Art Foundation Lecture Series | June 12th-15th
It is a good week for art in Goa. Throughout this week artists and art lovers will get the golden opportunity to participate in a lecture series curated by the eminent Goan artist Dr. Subodh Kerkar and organized by the Camel Art Foundation.
The Camel Art Foundation is a veteran institution in the Indian art scene, and has been organizing the CAF All India Art Contests for the past sixteen years, for professional artists and students of art. Last year the event played host to a whopping 75,000 participants from all corners of India, awarded over 650 regional prizes and declared 150 winners. This year, Camel selected twelve artists from young the regional winners and an ‘India Art Camp’ is being conducted for them in Goa from the 11th to 17th of June, 2014. The lecture series, a brainchild of Dr. Subodh Kerkar, is a part of this camp but luckily for us, it is open to the general public.
The lectures will take place from the 12th to the 15th of June in the Menezes Braganza Auditorium in Panjim. The inaugural lecture on the 12th will be by Dr. Subodh Kerkar, titled ‘My Experiments with Installations’ (knowing him, I won’t be surprised if this is a subtle pun on Gandhi’s ‘My Experiments with Truth’). Over the years, Dr. Kerkar has created a niche for himself in the field of installations and land art. His works have been shown internationally in major venues and galleries all over the world. Sadanand Menon, the nationally reputed arts editor, popular teacher of cultural journalism, widely published photographer, arts curator and prolific writer on politics, ecology and the arts, will deliver the second lecture in the series on the 13th of June, titled ‘Art in the Age of Media’. The third lecture will be given by Naman Ahuja, Associate Professor of Ancient Indian Art and Architecture at J N U, New Delhi. He is one of the leading authorities in the field of ancient Indian art, with numerous publications under his belt. In the present lecture, titled ‘The Sacred Body’, he will lead us through a few masterpieces which explore the many different ways in which India has thought about the idea of the sacred body.
Finally, the closing lecture will be delivered byAshok Vajpeyi, poet, essayist, literary-cultural critic, former chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi and a former civil servant. The lecture, slated to be held on the 15th June, is titled ‘Why Art?’
Do not miss this rare opportunity to see and hear these masters if you are in Goa. See you this evening for the first lecture!
By Kaushal Sapre