Noted cartoonist Aseem Trivedi feels that an artist is a creative person who has nothing to do with religion and that his paintings are an expression of his imagination.
"An artist is creative and has nothing to do with religion...While painting Gods or Goddesses he or she depicts images in a certain manner which is expression of his or her imagination," Trivedi said at the 6th India Leadership Conclave and Business Awards ceremony here on September 18, where he received the best cartoonist award.
Freedom of expression is a must for an artist, he said while commenting on the erroneous, and sometimes a fallacious depiction of Gods through paintings.
The other award winners included Dr Mukesh Batra (homoeopathy medicine), Mayank Gandhi from Aam Aadmi Party (politics), Farah Khan Ali (jewellery designing), Kiren Shrivastav (innovative woman communication leader), Tiger Shroff (acting) and Archana Kochar (fashion designing).
India Leadership Conclave and Business Awards is an initiative by its chairman and founder Satya Brahma.
On the occasion, experts debated on politics and the country's progress, gender equality and social entrepreneurship, the release said.
Molecule Communications CEO Kiren Shrivastav said, "Men and women are not equal, they are different; they need to play on their strengths. They are unique and if they want to compete, then they should as humans or professionals..."
Dr Batra spoke on the benefits homoeopathy offers to mankind.
Some of the viewpoints expressed by experts during the conclave were related to the role of hormones in human lives and attitudes.
During discussions, the participants also expressed that the government should be given more time to act and fulfil its promises and that it should focus on important agendas which comparatively need more attention than 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', a release here said.
Other dignitaries who attended the function included Bollywood actor Govinda, Sanjay and Zarine Khan and Datamatics founder Dr Lalit S Kanodia, it added.