For the first time in the history of the J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages Friday organized an 8-day State Level Terracotta Sculpture Camp here in which 11 artists from Jammu, Kashmir and Delhi are participating.
As per a statement the Camp, organized in association with the Dara Shikoh Centre for Art (DSCA), was inaugurated by Secretary Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Khalid Bashir Ahmad, at Almond Villa estate near Dal Lake.
Director DSCA, Dr Jyotsna Singh, was also present. Singh, herself actively working in the terracotta art, has provided infrastructural facilities for the Camp.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Academy has said that it was his commitment made at a painting exhibition at Jammu recently to hold a Terracotta Sculpture Camp and he was happy that the commitment was fulfilled today. He said Kashmir has a rich tradition of Terracotta Art from dates back to the BC era. The oldest terracotta objects excavated in Kashmir were from the archaeological site of Doon Pathri in Pahalgam dating back to 1st century AC. Similarly, he said, terracotta pottery and art objects have been found at other places like Gofkral, Huinar, Harvan and Ushkar which speak of the perfection the terracotta art had achieved in ancient Kashmir.
Secretary also said that the Academy wanted to promote terracotta art and the State level camp was the first and significant step in that direction.