The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is a NGO that seeks to make strategic and timely intervention in order to conserve and promote India’s natural and cultural heritage. INTACH is a nation wide network of volunteers who spread awareness about heritage, preserve acts likely to degrade their regions cultural and natural wealth and act positively to preserve and enhance local heritage. INTACH today is the nation’s foremost and largest NGO working in the field of culture.The Tribal Women Artists Cooperative is an association of mine displaced women who have been protesting against the coal mining in North Karanpura and who in 1995 formed themselves into a group under the aegis of INTACH to give publicity through exhibitions of their art in India and abroad of their situation due to the mining and the rich cultural heritage of their art which is a continuation of the mesolithic rockart of the region threatened by coal mining
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Volume 40, April-Dec, 2011
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Philomina Imam, Juliet Imam and Gustav Imam, Life members of the INTACH Hazaribagh Chapter were invited by the city of La Rochelle to represent the tribal art and Tribal Women Artists’ Cooperative at the Arts Atlantic exhibition at Espace ENCAN through their project organized by Espaces Congres de La Rochelle & Centre EuroIndia. The team was in France from 5th to 21st November. The Autumn Festival of Centre Intermondes at La Rochelle is an annual feature of the arts including painting, literature, theatre, documentary, music, etc was held from September to November, 2011
The TWAC artists painted four murals on canvas sized six by eight feet each on specially mud treated canvas cloth using only mud pigments and binder in the traditional method at studio in the Centre Intermondes. The subjects included “Jungle and animals with Elephant” and “Oraon Totem” by Philomina, and “Sohrai Ghoda” and “Dancing Peacocks” by Juliet were painted. The of Arts Atlantic exhibition at ENCAN this year hosted two hundred artists in ten galleries represented by artists/organizations from the trans-Atlantic and European region from 18th to 20th Nov., 2011. This was the seventh edition of the Festival. The TWAC team was made the Guest of Honour of the Arts Atlantic Festival and the murals which they painted in traditional Sohrai designs received widest publicity through the media and French television and the trip was highly successful. The TWAC has been annually representing Jharkhand’s tribal art in exhibitions and mural painting projects in Europe and other parts of the world for over a decade and half. The program at La Rochelle also consisted of an exhibition of standard sized Sohrai and Khovar paintings made with mud pigments and binder in the traditional method which TWAC is famous for. The artists painted the large sized murals commissioned at the Centre Intremonde where the artists were also accommodated. Here the artists and Gustav had daily interaction with teams of visiting students interested to study the art through organized programs. We are thankful to this organization. These artworks were widely appreciated by thousands of visitors. The venue was at the ENCAN-Espaces Congres La Rochelle beside the famous quay of this renowned Atlantic port on the western coast of France at the delta of the Loire river. The project was supported by the family of Michel Sabatier , his wife Beroze and daughter Lilya through the Euro-India Centre. The Espaces Congress de La Rochelle was represented by Ms Nathalie Durand-Deshayes and Ms.Elizabeth Beauregard. We are thankful to them and their team for all assistance. It is important to note that the exhibition and student programs were accompanied by a large amount of literature on the traditional art-forms being made and exhibited and accompanied by constant video, presentation and still pictures of the art and its traditional setting in Jharkhand on closed-circuit television to enlighten and educate the visitors. Through this the exposition could place before the French public which included guests from several countries in Europe and others like Canada, Guinea, Australia, etc. the great depth and range of traditional tribal arts of Jharkhand. The residue of the exhibition is to go on exhibit at Paris through the offices of the Euro-India Centre and the organization of Michel Sabatier.
Visit of Smt.Vimla Pradhan, State Tourism MinisterSanskriti was visited on 8th Dec. by the State Tourism Minister Ms.Vimla Pradhan, Secretary Tourism, Mrs.Sushila Kerketta, the Director tourism, Shri.Trepathy, press and photographers. They were given a guided tour of the Sanskriti Museum and Art Gallery and the Sanskriti Office and Archives by Shri Bulu Imam and were very much impressed by the tourist potential of the Hazaribagh rockart and Sohrai painting.Later they were taken by Justin Imam to the tourist complex which he is building near Bhelwara with the government. The Bhelwara village adjoining the complex is famous for its Kurmi Sohrai wall paintings.
Dainik Jagran Award for Convener
The Governor of Jharkhand Dr.Syed Ahmed present the Convener with the award on 12th February for his work in promoting Tribal Art and protecting environment. The Award was given at a function in Ranchi.
Projected Art Project
A project similar to the art programme in La Rochelle has been offered to the TWAC in Aug.-Sept.2012 by the Reitberg Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. Three persons have been nominated for the project. More details will be given in the next newsletter.
The Gandhi International Peace Award 2011, UK
The Gandhi International Peace Award 2011 presentation to Dr.Binayak Sen and Bulu Imam will be held at The House of Lords on 12th June, 2012. The award is given for their humanitarian work and practice of Non –violence. The award will be presented by Lord Bikhu Parekh, President of the Gandhi Foundation.
Tree Cutting Campaign
Down with trees. Let’s build roads!
The National Highway Authority of India is on a rampage across the country. Bulu Imam, Regional Convener, INTACH, who lives in Jharkhand and has been protecting nature for decades wrote to Sanctuary asking us to help unite the nation to resist the felling of lakhs of trees to make way for roads. A very quick scan of pending projects threw up some really scary facts....