SILCHAR, Jan 7 � In a bid to provide a platform to the talented artists of the region in general and Barak Valley in particular, the 17th Barak Art Fair began here at the Bipin Pal meeting ground on Tuesday.
Organised by the Barak Art and Craft Society (BACS), the week-long art fair will see many renowned and internationally acclaimed artists with their creations. Inaugurating the fair, SN Singh, executive officer of the Silchar Municipal Board, said that the fair will augment the indigenous talents in a big way as the local artists will get better exposure.
Noted artist and secretary of the Society of Contemporary Artists, Kolkata, Pradip Moitra, who is here to attend the art fair said that he is overwhelmed by the participation of the artists and the enthusiasm is impressive for the growth of art in this part of the country. He said that such fairs will bring more people from the rest of the country to this region.
Meanwhile, one of the major attractions of the art fair is the paper making workshop conducted by Anupam Chakraborty, founder and creative director of the Nirupama Academy of Handmade Paper, Kolkata. The workshop features paper making from plant fibre, recycled paper and three-dimensional hollow paper sculpture. A pottery workshop by Gargee Bhattacharjee will also be held during the fair. The BACS will also organise a national level art competition and auction as well during the fair.