To mark the 60th anniversary of Lalit Kala Akademi, poet and artists showcased their exclusive artwork at an event, "Spirit of Delhi".
Director General Indian Council for Cultural Relations Satish C. Mehta inaugurated the exhibition and calligraphy workshop during the 'Spirit of Delhi' event on Wednesday.
The exhibition consists of paintings from the Lalit Kala Akademi's collection, photographs by the renowned photographer Padmashree Raghu Rai, poetry paintings by Abhay K and Tarshito, rare photographs from archives of Ambedkar University, Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi Archives, Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management, National Museum and Roli books.
Artist Abhay Kumar's poetry combined with Italian artist's paintings creates an impressive art work. The poetry and paintings describe the seven cities of Delhi, their past living and the present through the monuments. The monuments try to speak about their journey, about their life and about history through these poetry paintings.
"It is an attempt to build a cultural profile of Delhi where monuments of Delhi speak, they are alive, they are not some dead thing of the past but something which is alive today and these poetry paintings by me and Tarshito, Italian artists, we try to bring the glory of Delhi back," said, Abhay Kumar, a poet, artist and diplomat.
A new kind of partnership will be initiated to exhibit art work through collaboration with different countries.
"In this exhibition I have done some paintings according to poems with Abhay Kumar. This meeting is beyond this exhibition and we have a final point a girl to bring here in Delhi this moment some beauty, some joy, and some unity, some love. This I think can be the spirit of Delhi, 'Spirit of Joy'," said, Tarshito an Italian artist.
It is important for the world to know our history, culture and imagination which is expressed through various art forms
"Culture is a great uniting factor as we see there could be difference in political issues and other issues. On culture all can easily unite I think it is a great platform," said, Satish C. Mehta, Director General Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
This exhibition draws attention to the multiplicity of everyday life that exists in the city.