Giving direction to young minds

Amrita Prasad
Friday, 21 July 2017

More than 60 children are putting up their art. While a few are of amateur level, others are as good as the ones made by professionally-trained artists. However, these children have not taken any kind of professional training

Nilesh Mate of Swarraneel Entertainments, which has organised a painting exhibition titled Colorbuds for young artists, offers a peek

According to American essayist, lecturer, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Every artist was first an amateur’. Hence the germ of creativity is within us and a little encouragement can help the creative juices flow. To give a platform to young artists of Pune, Swarraneel Entertainments, which works towards supporting art and giving the youth a direction in the field of art and culture, has organised an exhibition titled Colorbuds where artists 18 years of age and under are showcasing their work.

The exhibition was inaugurated by famous cartoonist and creator of Marathi comic strip Chintoo, Charuhas Pandit, at Balgandharva Kaladalan on July 21 and will go on till July 23. Visitors will get to see paintings in various mediums such as watercolour, canvas, oil, pencil, Warli and even art made with coffee powder.

Nilesh Mate of Swarraneel Entertainments  and curator of the art exhibition says, “The idea is to unleash their creativity and provide a platform for their talent. This is an exhibition for young artists who are new into art and mostly do painting as a hobby. We want to bring their talent in front of the world. Our objective is that such talent should not be only restricted to the families and close friends.”

More than 60 children are putting up their art. While a few are of amateur level, others are as good as the ones made by professionally-trained artists. However, these children have not taken any kind of professional training.

Speaking about the kind of talent the youngsters and teenagers have, Mate says, “These days kids have become more inclined to art and creativity. There is a gradual change in the mindset and some of them do not restrict themselves to only pursuing conventional careers like medicine and engineering. There are also kids who are going to architecture, music, theatre and other forms of performing arts. However, those pursuing art do not get an opportunity to showcase their talent, mostly due to two reasons — they do not have sufficient funding to hold an exhibition or an art show, and many artists have a limited number (15-20) of paintings/ artwork which is too little for an art gallery to exhibit. Which is why, despite the generation being too talented, their talent only remains limited to Facebook and WhatsApp where either the young artist or their parents post the pictures of their work and every thing gets diluted in likes and comments. This often dissuades young minds.”

In some cases, kids have both talent and avenues, but what they lack is direction and guidance and Mate and his organisation aim at bridging this gap. “If you happen to visit the exhibition and have a look at the profiles of some of the artists, you’ll be amazed to see the level of their work. We want to give them a path, a direction where we can channelise their talent. Besides paintings and drawings, we also nurture talent in the field of music, drama, literature and so on,” he says.   

At the exhibition, children/ artists can interact with Pandit and Yogendra Bhagat who will educate them about art, use of mediums and scope.

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