GUWAHATI, July 25 � The fantasies and yearnings of the less privileged children captured on canvas and other mediums will be put up for auction from August 1 at the Gauhati Artists� Guild (GAG) here. The proceeds will go towards the improvement of the condition of the marginalised children.
It needs to be mentioned here that selected children of Snehalaya and SOS Children�s Village, Guwahati participated in a painting and terracotta workshop conducted by the GAG as part of its celebration of 35 years of existence.
�The works of the children, who participated in the workshop, will be put up for sale and utilised for their own betterment,� informed Kishor Kumar Das, secretary of the GAG.
Das said that the workshop was not only an exposure for the children, but also a revelation for artists like him for the children who did not have any formal training showed exceptional understanding of colours and themes.
A total of 12 paintings and 30 terracotta works will be up for sale. Das said that the paintings revolving around miscellaneous themes are reflective of the creativity and yearnings of the underprivileged children.
Colours, it is said, have a soothing impact on the tortured mind and this came true in the case of this group of children who have a past that is full of unpleasant memories.
�We were pleasantly surprised by the talent of the children. We did not give them any theme. The choice was theirs and they gave full vent to their imagination,� said Das, mentioning that such workshops helped in inducing peace of mind which was essential for these children still struggling to forget a horrid past.
Most of the inmates of Snehalaya are either street children, runaway children or children who have been abandoned by their families. As such, these children after finding a caring and loving ambience, struggle for a long time to get over their past.
The GAG is planning to conduct more such workshops at the children�s shelter homes in future. �These children have so much creativity in them. So we are deliberating with the idea to go to them and by that way we would be able to involve more children in our workshops,� said Das.