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Engaging artists of Bhopal on children’s issues

© UNICEF/ Anil Gulati/ 2008
Artists at work at the three-day art camp held in Bhopal

Anil Gulati

Bhopal, 15 May 2008: A three-day art camp was organized by Surya Gram Vikas Samiti and Rangayan Art Gallery, with support from UNICEF to engage professional artists from Bhopal on issues of concern to children and women such as infant mortality, malnutrition, violence, maternal mortality etc.

It was the first of its kind camp held in Madhya Pradesh wherein thirty-two artists contributed their talent towards issues of child labor in urban cities, breast-feeding, the condition of women, child poverty, violence against children, female foeticide, etc.

The three-day camp was held at Greenwoods country club in Bhopal from May 4-6, 2008.

The aim of the camp was to use the power of art to convey strong messages on the state of women and children in India.

The paintings will be used for display at exhibitions that will be held at various places in Bhopal.

© UNICEF/ Anil Gulati/ 2008
The paintings will be used for display at exhibitions held at various places in Bhopal

Speaking on the occasion, Hamid El- Bashir State Representative for UNICEF in Madhya Pradesh said that artists have an extraordinary edge in transmitting the concerns of children and women to society.

Devilal Patidar a senior artist from Bhopal appreciated the initiative from UNICEF and said it would help in bringing out issues like female foeticide and provide a fresh visual perspective to the debate.

On May 6, 2008 senior artists like L M Bhand, Devilal Patidar, Akhilesh and Suman were present at the concluding event.

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