Agartala, Dec. 19 (ANI): Tripura is playing host to the 54th edition of the National Art Exhibition, a three-week-long event that commenced on Tuesday.
It is being sponsored by the Lalit Kala Academy, and was inaugurated by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in Agartala.
The exhibition features several paintings and artworks by artists from various parts of the country with special emphasis to the northeastern region.
Lalit Kala Academy chairman K. R. Subarna said such exhibitions would help to bridge the gap between artists from the northeastern region and the rest of the country.
"Holding national exhibitions here in the northeast can promote the local artists of this region and they get connected with mainstream art. They also become a part of our united one country. Now a lot of activities get decentralized, they may be held in Mumbai or other cities, but not in the northeastern region. Our aim is to bring more national and international shows into the northeast," he said.
The exhibition is the first national level art exhibition in Tripura, and has attracted locals thronged the venue to catch a glimpse of the artworks from other states.
"It is a matter of pride for us that we are getting to see works from various parts of the country. An exhibition of a national level is being held in Tripura for the first thing. So it is amazing," said Pushpal Dey, a visitor.
The exhibition comprised 124 artworks selected from a competitive entry of 8,047 works by 3,185 artists from across the country and includes the works of 10 National Award winners of this year. (ANI)