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Smita Art & Chemould Art Gallery today announced the launch and preview of ‘PRAYAS 2017’ an art exhibition at the Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR. The event saw presence of Sri. Chhatrapati Dutta (Principal of Govt. College of Arts & Crafts), Sri. Shankar Sen (MD, Senco Gold) and Sri. ArindamSil (Eminent Actor & Film Director) as Guests of Honour.The exhibition will be held at the Chemould Art Gallery from 26th October till 4th December on Park Street, Kolkata and will be open to all.

This year has marked the 5th edition of PRAYASwhich started its journey from the year 2013 and till date is continuing its genuine endeavour to support young artists who are part of the contemporary art community and is working towards giving Kolkata and Bengal an organic art experience.

The idea which motivated Smita Art & Chemould Art gallery to come up with PRAYAS back in 2013 was to primarily create a platform for young budding artists to showcase their talents.

PRAYAS 2017, as curated by Smita Art & Chemould Art Gallery is showcasing and highlighting paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography by more than 100 upcoming artists from all over West Bengal and India. This year the gallery is exhibitingvarious form of art including landscape, abstract, figurative, realistic, semi realistic etc. Distinguished abstract art workis on display using various language of shape, form, color and line which has created a composition to enthral the viewers. At the same time some amazing figurative form of art is gracing the collection which was captured and derived from real life giving the audience a mesmerizing experience of a lifetime.

Noted artists and sculptors like Sri. Nikhilesh Das, Sri. Apurba Pal, Sri. Partha Pratim Deb and Sri. Niranjan Pradhan received Lifetime Achievement Awards on this platform. The programmesaw the presence of eminent Indian artists like Sri. Subrata Gangopadhyay. The evening was made even more memorable with the soulful music by an upcoming young artist Kaushiki Bhattacharya.


To celebrate the 5th edition of PRAYAS 2017, Smita Art & Chemould Art Gallery aims to share thesale proceeds of some of the best art pieces and donate it for social needs towards Swachh Bharat Projects and other sanitation programs.


The event concluded with the PRAYAS 2017 prize distribution ceremony where the renowned artist Sri. Subrata Gangopadhyay handed over 3rd prize to winners Guru kinkar, Asim Pal, Sanjay Banerjee. Sri. Chhatrapati Dutta handed over 2nd Prize to Barun Pramanik and Dipankar Ray. Senior artist Sri. Rabin Mandal handed over the 1st prize to Jayanta Naskar who has been declared PRAYAS 2017 winner.


Speaking on this occasion, Mr.Amartya Chakraverty from Chemould Art Gallery said, “We are really happy and proud to host PRAYAS for the 5th year in a row considering the immense response from art enthusiasts from every corner of India. Our primary idea was to promote young budding talents who have the potential to carry the tradition ahead and enrich our culture with new insightful work of art. This is a platform where both professional senior artists as well as amateur artists bond together by participating in the exhibition seeking each other’s knowledge. We are expecting more and more participants to register with us and take this initiative ahead year on year.”

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