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Varanasi: To mark the International Women’s Day (March 8), which has been a symbol of those courageous women who have surpassed discrimination and come out with flying colors, the Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has organized a two-day event on March 3 and 4.

“This event is the combination of symposium, exhibition of numerous young women artists and art workshop,” said the coordinator and associate professor Dr Uttama Dixit. The programme would be inaugurated by popular writer Dr Neerja Madhav.

Dr Dixit, who herself is a well-known artist, believes that these programs can become a strong means to spread message of women empowerment. This is the new era of women, who are proving themselves in every field of art culture, law, politics or sports etc.

More than 50 artworks by all young women artists would be exhibited. Art is the strong medium to express or transfuse their emotions. From the last few decades, women artist in India have been at the forefront of new movements in art. Using innovative mediums in artworks and space to express their thoughts. It is fascinating as well as delightful to watch collection of paintings and installations done by women artists. They are using the platform to address issues like race, gender, immigration and inequality as well as making work that’s beautiful, fresh and attractive. Innumerable female artists are depicting harsh reality or the irony of this contemporary society.

“Women who are photographers, painters, sculptors, installation artists all are gathering here on this very day for making a lasting impression through their artworks,” she said. The artists like Neha Verma, Deepti Sharma, Disha Mishra, Shubra and other young artists are participating in the event.

Innovative methods have been done by artists. Some of the renowned and internationally established women artists like Bharti Kher uses ‘bindis’, which signifies ‘third eye’ worn on the forehead by Indian women and her artwork speaks about her own nomadic life. On the other hand, India’s popular and celebrated artist Amrita Sher Gil throughout her life made portraits by incorporating Indian tradition in her paintings. Her work displays the poor condition of the underprivileged and women in the country. These names don’t end here, many successful women artists are there like B. Prabha, Nalini Malani, Anjoli Ela Menon, Arpana Kaur, Navjot Altaf, Anupam Sud , Mrinalini Mukherjee, Madhvi Parekh etc.

This event is not restricted only to exhibition but along with-it art workshop interactive sessions, lectures and art talks are being organized to celebrate womanhood and women empowerment. Artworks by young artists in these two days of art workshop and exhibition hold the fragrance of strength and power of women.



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