Dr. Pawan Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Kurukshetra University, was awarded the Lalit Kala Akademi National Award in the field of photography.
The National Award Distribution Ceremony of Lalit Kala Akademi at the 63rd National Art Exhibition was held at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi.
The award winner was given Rs 2 lakh, a copper plaque and a shawl from the Academy. The exhibition was organized in the art gallery of Lalit Kala Academy, along with the award distribution ceremony which was organized in New Delhi itself.
Lalit Kala Akademi is a society
- Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Art), New Delhi was inaugurated on 5th August 1954 by the then Minister for Education, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860, on 11th March 1957. In pursuance of the objectives set out in the Constitution, the organization functions through its General Council, Executive Board and other Committees.
- Akademi has preserved and documented a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of contemporary, modern, folk and tribal art in India.
- Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi along with its Regional Centres situated at Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Garhi (New Delhi) and sub-centres at Shimla, Ahmedabad, Agartala, Patna presents exhibitions workshops, camps lectures, retrospectives shows and many other art activities of unparalleled significance.
- V. Nagdas is the Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi.
Other Awardees are
- Out of the 20 artists and their works selected for the award, eight are for painting – Abhipsha Pradhan (Journey – 58), Akash Biswas (The Coral), Anas Sultan (Metamorphosis-XI), Bhaurao Bodade (Untitled) , Deepak Kumar (Life of My Mother), another artist whose name is Deepak Kumar in his painting (Crossing), Kiran Anila Sherkhane (The Elements of Life) and Pankaj Kumar Singh (Transformation of Cosmic Entity-2).
- The 6 artists who have been selected for the sculpture are – Aarti Paliwal (Nature), Chuguli Kumar Sahu (Innocence and Freedom), Mahendra Pratap Dinkar (Nature Balance – 2), Narottam Das (Newlyweds), Sama Kant Reddy (Iron Beauty). ) and Somen Debnath (Nostalgic Memories – II)
- Anamika Singh (Distortion-006), Nagesh Balaji Gadekar (Who Am I) and Priyom Talukdar (Domination for Self Satisfaction; Since 1449 A.D.) for print making, Janhvi Khemka (Sapna) for installation, for photography Kumar Jigishu (Untitled Emotions) and Pawan Kumar (Light of Hope – II), Sama Kanth Reddy (Iron Beauty) and Somen Debnath (Nostalgic Memories – II) for terracotta.