A voyage of art, colours and images
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Aug. 12: A one-of-a-kind artistic evening “36 hours drawing voyage” provoking artistic thoughts and skills of the young and the old is being hosted at the Eastern Art Council at the Supermarket in Dimapur by a group called Neu! Naga Foundation for the Arts.
Neu! Naga Foundation for the Arts was formed a year ago by four artists Akup Buchem, Throngkiba Yimchunger, Cynthia Kolakhe, and Mhasisilie. The formed the group with the objective to educate people about art and ‘not to earn money,’ Buchem told Eastern Mirror.
‘Neu’ is a German word which means refresh, modern, new and revived, he said.
The “36 hours drawing voyage” started on July 29 as a three-hour drawing voyage (4 pm to 7 pm) on a daily basis inviting people from all background for free to be a part of the activity and explore their drawing abilities too.
The artistic event was named ‘36 hours drawing voyage’ as the intended plan was to conduct the workshop for 12 days but was extended.
“The artistic evening is being repeated everyday for three days and extended so that the three hours spent every evenings can provide a meditation process and community interaction to the people participating,” Buchem, who specialises in sculpture, said.
“Not only those interested in art but anybody can come, spent their time at the Eastern Art Council share their thoughts and ideas as Naga community has lost interaction.”
The drawing event, he said was to educate people about what actually drawing is. Every idea comes through drawing and “art will never die but Nagas are yet to know and appreciate art.”
The artist said that an artist’s idea shown through their work is not to sell but to provoke people and to feel the dedication put in by the artist, besides letting people enjoy art. He hoped that through the drawing event art will grow in future in Nagaland and people will appreciate art.
After the extended drawing event, the foundation will have an opening programme where the selected artwork will be displayed.
The programme commenced on Mon. Aug. 12 at Dream Cafe in Kohima. In Kohima, the drawing event is being conducted in collaboration with the Eastern Art Council’s art gallery, and Dream Cafe, it was informed.