Indian Envoy opens forum for Indian artists in Qatar

SANTHOSH CHANDRAN

DOHA AN Indian artist forum called Visual artist Forum India (VAFI) was launched with a three-day painting workshop in Doha on Saturday.

India's Ambassador in Qatar he Michel Arora inaugurated the forum and workshop on a feature on Birala Public School. The workshop will run until Monday.

Lighting the traditional lamp of VAFI pattern Mohan Thomas jointly, Qatari artist Yousef Ahmad and wife of the Indian Ambassador Chhaya Arora marked the opening of the ceremony.

Chhaya Arora and Yousef Ahmad also painted on a canvas prepared for the honourable guests.

The workshop on the theme "Qatar through the eyes of an artist ' and ' nostalgia of my own country ' was attended by 22 Indian artists. Each participant creates two works of art on the canvas at the workshop. A panel of jury selects the winning paintings done during the workshop.

In his inaugural speech said Arora that the Indian Embassy always in favour of this noble Organization and its efforts would be. He described the two themes selected for the workshop very obliging.

Mohan Thomas said that the forum is a platform for Indian visual artists in Qatar would provide to hone and demonstrate their art. "VAFI will try to identify an entity which will nurture and promote Indian visual artists by helping them to produce their full potential of works of art of international quality, will eventually lead to their becoming famous painters," said Thomas.

Qatari artist Yousef Ahmad expressed his joy about being associated with the forum, and felt proud to be part of its mission. He said that he was wonder-struck by the presence of so many talented artists in the Indian expat community in Qatar.

The artists participating in the workshop are SreeKumar Padmanabhan, Patric Rozario, Sauman-Pal, Shamim Zakia, Regint Varghese, Renjith K Kutty, Amit Chakraborty, Amit Majumdar, Manjunath, Prahalladan, Santhosh, Sageer, Henry Joseph, Surendranath, Shajee Chelad, Mahesh BP, Smita Ashington, Amritha, Haimvati, Pooja P Vasu Vanimal, Jayan and George.

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