GUWAHATI, Aug 19 - The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and renowned bromide scratch artiste Apuraj Barooah have joined hands to help the people marooned in the devastating floods in the State through art work that promotes tourism in Assam.
The artiste would embark upon creating bromide scratch art work continuously for 30 hours at the Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok here from August 25, the sale of which would go directly to the Chief Minister�s Relief Fund to help the flood-affected people.
The art exhibition cum sale, with Assam tourism as the central theme, will start at 9 am of August 25. Addressing the media here, ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah today said that the tourism corporation would provide all necessary support to Apuraj Barooah for creating his art work, which would be beautifully framed and sold to the art lovers at the exhibition venue.
Bromide scratch art is art work on bromide papers used mostly in making photographic prints. Barooah has carved a niche for himself through his scratch paintings on bromide papers, done with the help of blade. He has also made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the longest scratch art piece.
�Nearly 500 art works would be created during the two-day exhibition-cum-sale, which would be sold at a fixed rate of Rs 10,000 each. Art lovers who also wish to help the flood victims are most welcome to the exhibition and support this cause,� the ATDC Chairman said adding that the corporation is hopeful of raising a fund of approximately Rs 50,00,000 through this exhibition.
Several art lovers and prospective buyers have already expressed their interest in the exhibition.
To help the flood victims, the ATDC staff have already donated their one day�s salary to the CM�s Relief Fund.
�Art is a powerful medium to support a cause and we know that many people in our society want to come to the aid of the flood victims. This exhibition is also an opportunity for such people,� Apuraj Barooah said. Previously also, the artiste has organised several such long stints of creating scratch art works in India and abroad.