The Kangra Arts Promotion Society (KAPS), an NGO at Dharamshala,Himachal Pradesh is working for the promotion of Kangra miniature paintings which is on the verge of extinction today. The objectives of KAPS are preservation of the arts of Kangra, encouragement of existing artists, starting a school to teach the arts of Kangra and building a treasure of old and new paintings. In addition to running a school to train the youth of Himachal Pradesh in this art, KAPS also runs workshops where genuine Kangra Paintings are made on traditional hand made paper using only mineral and vegetable colours.
In continuation to its efforts for promotion of art, KAPS in association with Voice of Himachal, is organising a 3 day arts appreciation course from June 23rd till 26th. Participants will get an opportunity to meet and interact with the famous Kangra master artist Mr. Vijay Sharma who is a distinguished art critic and has written the first-ever Hindi book tracing the history, expansion and other aspects of Kangra paintings, titled ‘Kangra Ki Chitrankan Parampara’. He received the National Award in 1990.
The master artists Mr. Dhani Ram and Mr. Mukesh Kumar will conduct the workshop and take participants through the intricacies of Kangra paintings. Mr Dhani Ram trains the students at the Chitera School of Art, conducting classes at the Kangra Art Museum while Mr Mukesh conducts his advanced classes at the Chamunda Devi temple.
Dr Gautam Vyathit, a renowned authority on folk arts and culture and Mr B.K. Agarwal, the Principal Resident Commissioner of the State of Himachal Pradesh in Delhi will also share their experiences and thoughts on this miniature art form.
The course is being organised in a beautifully located campus, 6 kms from Dharamshala town. The campus offers all modern amenities to the participants including a training hall, cottages and a well equipped dinning hall. The course will be structured in a manner that participants will get ample opportunity to learn the art as well as visit places of interest in and around Dharamshala. Spread over 3 days the course will come as a welcome respite to people looking forward to an escape from the heat during this great Indian summer.