Artists in Residence at Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi. Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of Art, New Delhi, an autonomous organisation of Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is organising an Artists in Residence programmes for the first time at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Artists in Residence includes twelve eminent and internationally acclaimed senior artists namely Krishen Khanna, Ganesh Haloi, Anjolie Ela Menon, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Sanat Kar, Arpita Singh, Paramjit Singh, Suhas Bahulkar, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Anwar Khan, Sanjay Bhattacharya, and Chinmay Roy. Three young artists Siddarth Shingade, Pranita Bora and Vimmi Indra are also invited to help and gain experience from the stalwart artists. Shri Arun Kumar Bera is the Curator of the Artists in Residence Programme.

The artworks will be exhibited at Rashtrapati Bhavan from 17th to 20th November, 2019. His Excellency, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India will inaugurate the exhibition and facilitate the artists during the programme on 17th, November. 

The Artists in Residence programme was inaugurated on 10th November, 2019 by Dr. Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi. Dr. Parchne had said that it is a rare occasion where India’s most celebrated visual artists will be creating their work in the pristine environment of Rashtrapati Bhavan and their creations will serve as national heritage for the forthcoming generations. The Chairman facilitated all artists during the inauguration. The officials of Rashtrapati Bhavan were also present. The idea of this Residency is to have artworks by Indian masters in the Rashtrapati Bhavan since most of the art collection in the Rashtrapati Bhavan is by foreign artists.

  Minister of Culture, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel interacted with the artists on 13th November, 2019. Shri Patel congratulated the Lalit Kala Akademi and Rashtrapati Bhavan officials for organising the Residency programme. He said that it is a great opportunity to document and display the works of Indian masters in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Shri Patel had a detailed discussion with the participating eminent artists on the Indian Art & Culture scene and he also sought their suggestions.  

The Secretary to the  President, Shri Sanjay Kothari also had an interaction with the eminent artists on 13th November, 2019 and seen their artworks in making. Shri Kothari sought suggestions from senior artists for promoting art among younger generations.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Akademi has also conducted School Children workshops during the Artists in Residence programme. Senior artists shared their experience with the young children. The Akademi will be organising a flute recital by Pandit Chetan Joshi and group on 15th November, 2019 evening.

The purpose of the Residency programme is to promote and foster interdisciplinary art practices among eminent artist and upcoming artists of current times. It is to foster an appreciation of Art and engagement of audience with the Indian art and culture. The art residency plays an important role to weave a magnificent cultural spread with colourful threads of creative genius and brilliant minds. The residency programme is conceived for promotion of varied visual processes and research in the field of creative arts.