Sikkim gets its first Public art festival

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 15:07 PM IST

Gangtok: Sikkim has organized its first ever art festival in Gangtok to create awareness among the locals about art and environment safety.

The 11-day-long ‘Blooming Sikkim Public Art Festival’ started on March 21 and will end on March 31.

The festival includes artworks that address ecological issues affecting Sikkim and the world.

Artists from Switzerland, Bangladesh, Germany, New Delhi and Sikkim, working with a variety of media like sound, interactive video installations, among others are participating in the event

Karma Tenrab Agnihotri, an artist, who made a model of a car damaged in an accident to convey the message of safe driving said: “ I just want to convey a message to people about rash driving through my art. My purpose will be solved even if one person who drives recklessly slows down (the speed).”

Event Director Sayantan Maitra said that if the government makes more contributions towards similar events, the locals would also come forward to showcase their talents.

He said: “ We want the government here to come forward and help us create a bigger project and make Gangtok a much bigger art festival zone, adding that the region had a lot of potential in becoming so.”

ANI