LALIT KALA AKADEMI’S 61ST ANNUAL AWARDS
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Lalit Kala Akademi’s 61st annual awards will be conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind to 15 artistes at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- Lalit Kala Akademi awards are given to recognise the outstanding work in the field of art.
- The Akademi nominated seven-member selection Jury of eminent art practitioners, artists and critics from all over the country to finalise the list of artists to be awarded from among 283 artworks selected by the first tier Jury. The fifteen artists were selected by the esteemed panel of Jury.
- The awardees will be honoured with a plaque, a shawl and prize money of one lakh rupees during the felicitation ceremony.
Lalit Kala Akademi:
- The Lalit Kala Akademi was inaugurated in New Delhi on August 5th, 1954, by the then Minister for Education, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
- The Akademi was given statutory authority in 1957, under the Societies Registration Act 1860.
- The youngest of the three Akademies founded by the Government of India, the Lalit Kala Akademi was established in pursuance of the dream of the first Prime Minister of independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for a cultural and national identity.
- Thus, the Lalit Kala Akademi as one among three such national organizations, that emerged. The LKA was the principal establishment to direct its focus on activities in the field of visual arts.
- It has headquarters at New Delhi and regional centers at Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Garhi (Delhi), Kolkata, Lucknow and Shimla.
Functions and Powers:
- It is a non-profit, autonomous body, under the Ministry of Culture.
- Lait Kala Akademi is the nodal agency of Government of India
- to promote Understanding of Indian art, both within and outside the country Study and research in the fields of creative arts such as painting, sculpture and graphics etc.
- Coordination of activities of the regional art organizations and State Lalit Kala Akademies Exhibitions, scholarships, sponsorships, fellowships, assistance schemes, Lifetime Achievement Awards, and publication of documentary material.
- The Akademi conducts Triennale India an international exhibition on contemporary art in New Delhi every three years.
- It also conducts the National Exhibition of Photography and Art. The Akademi also publishes bi-annual art journals, Lalit Kala Contemporary (English), Lalit Kala Ancient (English) and Samkaleen Kala (Hindi).
- The Akademi sponsors various cultural exchange programmes with different countries through different agreements of government of India.
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