NEW DELHI: The Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) will organise an arts festival titled International Kala Mela from 4th to 18th February next year at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
According to LKA administrator C S Krishna Shetty, this the first time the mela has been planned on such a grand scale. “Earlier it was organised only at the national level. It will prove to be a boon, especially for those artists who cannot afford to showcase their art in galleries,” he said.
Shetty said the mela would provide a platform not only for Indian artists but also those from the most prominent galleries in the US, Europe and Asia to showcase their arts and crafts.
He said the main objective of organising the event was to focus on direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur while raising awareness about art. It also aims to put Indian art on the global map.
“As interest in Indian art is growing, the mela will help build a strong ecosystem in the region,” Shetty said.
The LKA is an institution that has rendered service to arts in India long before the world woke up to the global impact of Indian art.