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Tribal Art Exhibition ‘Silent Conversation: From Margins to the Centre’ Concludes Successfully in New Delhi

This Tribal Art Exhibition is just the beginning of a series that will continue to travel to other major cities in India, spreading the message of art, culture, and tiger conservation to a broader audience.

Shivam Dwivedi
Tribal Art Exhibition ‘Silent Conversation: From Margins to the Centre’ Concludes Successfully in New Delhi (Photo Source: PIB)
Tribal Art Exhibition ‘Silent Conversation: From Margins to the Centre’ Concludes Successfully in New Delhi (Photo Source: PIB)

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and the Sankala Foundation, organized the inaugural art exhibition ‘Silent Conversation: From Margins to the Centre’ in New Delhi from November 3 to 5, 2023. The event concluded successfully, leaving a profound impact on the audience.

The inauguration of this unique art exhibition took place on November 3, 2023, and was an exceptional affair, graced by the presence of the President of India, Droupadi Murmu. During her address, the President stressed the urgency of adopting a comprehensive and united approach to combat climate change.

She emphasized that addressing this critical issue is not only essential for safeguarding the environment but also for the very survival of humanity. The President's speech highlighted the importance of embracing the traditional practices of tribal and other forest-dwelling communities, acknowledging that there are invaluable lessons to be learned from them on how to coexist harmoniously with nature while leading prosperous and contented lives.

As a token of appreciation for her presence, the President was presented with a unique memento crafted by an artist from the Mahar community of Kanha Tiger Reserve. The painting, titled ‘Baghdev’ in dot/bindu style, beautifully depicted the Mahars' nighttime worship rituals under the open sky, seeking the eternal protection of the tiger.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by several dignitaries, including Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for MoEF&CC, Leena Nandan, Secretary of MoEF&CC, Bharat Lal, Secretary-General of NHRC, C. P. Goyal, Director-General (Forest) & Special Secretary of MoEF&CC, S. P. Yadav, ADG (PT & E)/Member Secretary of NTCA, and other senior government officials.

The event was not limited to national participation; it also saw the presence of Ambassadors, High Commissioners, and Diplomats, as well as eminent figures from the realms of art and wildlife. These distinguished guests added to the grandeur of the exhibition's inauguration.

‘Silent Conversation: From Margins to the Centre’ displayed the exceptional talents of 43 artists hailing from 12 different states across India. The exhibition showcased a diverse array of art styles, including Gond, Bhil, Patachitra, Khovar, Sohrai, Warli, and many more. This extensive collection of artwork highlighted the profound connection between tribal and other forest-dwelling communities residing around India's tiger reserves and their deep-rooted affinity with the forest and wildlife.

The artists were also granted the privilege of visiting the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where they had the opportunity to meet the President, further enhancing their experience. This exhibition provided a remarkable platform for the public to immerse themselves in the art and culture of these communities, fostering a deeper appreciation of their ethos and culture.

Throughout the weekend, Delhi NCR hosted numerous distinguished guests, including Ambassadors and High Commissioners representing various nations, who not only engaged with the artists but also acquired these unique paintings and artifacts. Their support contributed to the promotion and preservation of tribal art and heritage.

The exhibition served as an educational platform, shedding light on the significance of wildlife conservation, the challenges faced by tiger reserves, and the pivotal role of tigers in maintaining ecological balance. The amount received from the sale of artwork went directly to the bank accounts of the tribal artists through a QR code, empowering them economically and providing sustainable livelihoods.

As a part of their enriching experience, the artists embarked on an engaging day tour, exploring iconic landmarks in the city. Their itinerary included visits to India Gate, a symbol of national pride and sacrifice, and Kartavya Path, a place that inspires a sense of duty and responsibility, among other cultural and historical sites. This allowed the artists to connect with the rich historical and cultural heritage of the city, enhancing their holistic experience in the heart of India's capital.

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