A three-day Art Camp on the theme “Indian Artists Paint Russian Landscapes” was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), New Delhi, on July 3, 2012.
Organized under the joint auspices of the RCSC and the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists (FIPA) with the participation of 11 artists, the Art Camp is aimed at bringing out and encouraging the talent and creativity of artists catching their imagination. The finished paintings will be exhibited at the RCSC later in September this year.
The FIPA is a non-profit forum working on all forms of art—visual and performing—and engaged in organizing art camps, photographic workshops, painting exhibitions and other shows in association with several organizations. Mr. Vimal S. Mehta, President of FIPA, is the Camp Leader and Organizing Member.
Inaugurating the Art Camp, the Chief Guest Mr. Kalicharan Gupta, a senior renowned artist, Secretary of the Academy of Visual Media, and a National Award Winner, emphasised that art camps of such feature would bring the peoples of India and Russia closer apart from bringing out the best talents. Tracing his long association with the RCSC, he referred to his involvement in the activities of its art gallery. He has curated an exhibition on the 50th Anniversary of Indian Independence at Vladivostok, Russia, through the ICCR.
Earlier welcoming the gathering, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, noted that the excellent response received on the first-ever Art Camp held last year had inspired to make it an annual feature in the activities of the RCSC. She appreciated the sincere efforts of Mr. Vimal S. Mehta and the services of FIPA in this innovative venture.
Addressing the distinguished guests and artists, Mr. Vimal S. Mehta made an interesting account of the objectives and achievements of FIPA. He expressed his profound gratitude to the Director of the Centre for offering a wonderful forum for the aspiring Indian artists to demonstrate their skill. He also introduced the participants of the Art Camp.
Mr. Vimal S. Mehta, Founder-President of FIPA, who possesses a B. Tech. (Mech. Eng.) Degree, has expressed himself in various media of visual art, including photography, painting and sketching. His artistic works, photographs and paintings have been displayed in many countries abroad. He has curated many group shows of paintings as well as photographs, and organized numerous photography workshops and quite a few art camps.
Mr. R. B. Santosh Kumar, a MBA in Hotel Management, has to his credit over 15 solo exhibitions and several group shows in several Indian cities. A winner of Silver Medal from the President of India, he has his collections in many countries abroad.
Ms. Preeti Vaidya, a commerce graduate and a diploma-holder in Fine Arts, has done an annual exhibition last year with the National Institute of Fine Arts, and she aspires to own a gallery.
Ms. Reni Soman, an entrepreneur, possesses a M. Sc Degree (Electronics Eng.) and a Diploma in Fine Arts. Exploring various media and painting is her passion. Recently, she started creative classes for kinds and aspires to inch towards a creative future.
Mr. Aakshat Sinha has obtained a M. Tech (Mech. Eng.) Degree from the PFUR, Moscow, and a Fine Arts Diploma from the Delhi College of Arts. He has his private collections in India and abroad.
Ms. Monica Dawar has a Diploma in Commercial Art from the International Women Polytechnic, Delhi, and a Diploma from the Delhi College of Art. She has participated in several photographic and painting exhibitions.
Ms. Pratibha Panesar has obtained a B.F.A. Degree in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi, and a M.A. Degree in Fine Art from the Jiwaji University, M.P. She has participated in a number of art festivals, art exhibitions and workshops, and won awards. She has the impressionist style theme, based mainly on the transition of human emotions and relationship.
Mr. Aashish Tanwar has a M. A. Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the College of Art, New Delhi, and has participated in several group shows, art camps and workshops. He has done murals and relief work for Delhi Metro stations.
Ms. Amandeep Kaur Bakshi, a Delhi-based photographer and artist, has a M.A. Degree in Mass Communication. She is the recipient of a scholarship from the HRD Ministry. She has attended many workshops and photography and art camps, and won medals and certificates of merit. She owns a studio in Shivalik, which offers services in photography, graphic designing and sculpture.
Ms. Neelam Mansharamani, a Delhi-based Graduate in English from the D.U., has accomplished B. Ed., MBA, PGD (HR), and did a Certificate Course in Child Brain Development from Philadelphia, USA. Currently employed in the cadre of Manager (PS) with the Airports Authority of India, she had earlier worked in the Uganda High Commission, Clarion Advertising Services Ltd, Dantool (Danish Embassy), UB Group, etc. She has the credit of winning a Bronze Medal for rendering valuable services at the ASIAD-82. Chirag, her only challenged child, has been her source of inspiration at every stage of her life.
Mr. Danish Aagha, a Delhi-based painter and photographer, likes sketching and painting using mix media. He studied animation, and loves to make 3-D and geometrical elements in its compositions. He has participated in many group exhibitions, workshops and painting camps.
Mr. D. P. Srivastava, Ms. Padmini and Mr. Mittal are the Supervisory Members of the FIPA during the duration of the Art Camp.