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TATTVA : An International Sculptors Symposium” from March 14th to 28th, 2023 at School of Visual Arts, World University of Design

The World University of Design organizes the First International Sculptors Symposium, presenting 10 Artists – 3 International Artists and 7 Indian Artists, along with 10 Young sculptors as assisting artists from reputed art universities of Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi College of Art, and Chandigarh University. Entitled “TATTVA” the International Sculptor Symposium is curated by Prof Rajan Shripad Fulari, Dean, at the School of Visual Arts, WUD, Sonipat. The event started on Tuesday, March 14th to Tuesday, March 28th, 2023.

TATTVA is one of its own kind of symposiums that aims to bring the art of sculpture close to the public.

As part of this Symposium, ten sculptors, Including some senior sculptors from Indian Contemporary Scenario, are stationed at WUD Campus from different parts of India and the world. The sculpture’s creation in the symposium will be exhibited on the university campus and open to the public for interaction and dialogue. This opportunity will be of great interest for students to have firsthand experience to learn in person.

TATTVA is an element or aspect of reality conceived as an aspect of a deity, forming the basis of human experiences. Tattva is also an inseparable part of Indian philosophy with various schools of thought defining it in their own way. Further in context with the Indian philosophy of TATTVA is also fundamental in bringing together the five elements in nature through Visual Arts and Sculptures as one of its forms. Keeping the sculptural tradition in India and arriving at new idioms in Contemporary Art is an attempt at WUD with this first International Sculptors Symposium.

The symposium opened on March 14th, 2023, with WUD Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) Sanjay Gupta as the Chief Guest. Reaffirming the role of Art and how it touches the lives of those around it, Prof Gupta said, “Art and Design connect the social fabrics in context with day-to-day life which even crosses boundaries, and makes people curious to explore and deal closely with new avenues. This International Sculptors Symposium will be aligned on the same lines.”

TATTVA aims to bring together artists from different countries including India so that an exchange of ideas, conversation, and dialogue can take place and provide an active opportunity for WUD students to make the most out of it, which is in line with the university’s orientation in the years to come. This opportunity will provide a platform for artists participating to develop networks, exchange perspectives, understand the use of different mediums, learn and exchange different techniques, and most importantly build friendships and open doors for further collaborations.

Participating Sculptors and their profiles from India and Abroad include Mr. Adwaita Gadanayak from Odisha, (Director General, NGMA), Ms. Canan Zongur from Turkey, Ms. Ana Maria Aurelia from Romania, Mr. Luka Radojevic from Montenegro, Mr. Tutu Pattanair from Delhi, Mr. Tridip Dutta from Assam, Mr. Robin David from Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Prashanta Mukherjee from Delhi, Mr. Vishal Bhatnagar from Chandigarh and Mr. Bolla Srinivasa Reddy from Telangana.

1. Adwaita Gadanayak: Adwaita Gadanayak was born and brought up in the Neulapoi village of Dhenkanal district in Odisha. Gadanayak pursued art education from BK College of Arts and Crafts and completed his master’s from Delhi Art College. Gadanayak also studies art at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London. He is a celebrated sculptor and received many awards: National Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1993; Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1999 etc. The sculptor’s most famous projects include Gandhi’s Dandi March statue in Rajghat, the Police memorial in Delhi, and Subhash Chandra Bose, and also his works have found a place in London as well. Gadanayak served as Director General of the National Gallery of Modern Art.

2. Ana Maria Aurelia Negara: Ana Maria Negara was born on August 9, 1984, in Braila, Romania, she got a Ph.D. in visual arts at the University of Arts “George Enescu” University with the thesis “Tradition and modernity in contemporary sculpture”, and she made a master class sculpture (2008-2010) after a B.Sc. (2008), with the same specialization at the “University of Arts” George Enescu “Iasi, Romania. In 2010, Ana Maria was admitted as a member of the” Union of Professional Artists (UAP) in Romania. Ana is a well-acclaimed sculptor internationally.

3. Bolla Srinivasa Reddy: Srinivasa Reddy obtained his Diploma in Sculpture from the College of Fine Arts, JNTU (now JNAFAU), Hyderabad followed by a Post Diploma in the same at Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University of Baroda. He is the recipient of the Junior Fellowship by the Government of India and the National Award by Lalit Kala Academi. He has successfully exhibited his works in many galleries in India and abroad over the last few decades. Well known as a sculptor in Contemporary Indian Art and a profound teacher.

4. Canan Zongur: Canan is highly commended and sought after as a sculptor for her public artworks in stone. She has had an outstanding career as a teacher following formal study in art and sculpture. She has a doctorate from The Institute of Fine Arts at the DokuzEylül University, Turkey where she specialized in studies of the shaping of stone in 20th-century sculpture. Currently, she is Professor of Fine Art at Ordu University, Turkey. Here Sculptures can be seen in various institutes in India too.

5. Luke Raojevic: Luke has an international art career as a sculptor. He started from his hometown in Montenegro, and he continued to create and participate in art events worldwide. The joy of combining different materials and styles challenged him to make attractive and intriguing sculptures. Endless inspiration he finds in history, religion, science, and love, Beside individual projects, he made several cycles of artworks which are called: “Trinity, Time, The secret of Jerusalem and Homo sapiens”. His sculptures found placement in many public areas, private properties, and business spaces.

6. Prashanta Mukherjee: Prasanta was born – in 1959 in Jamshedpur, India. He did his B.F.A. Sculpture in 1988 and also his M.F.A. Sculpture in 1990 both from M.S.U. Baroda, India. He has been part of many national and international workshops. Also a recipient of many Scholarships and received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1999. Fellowship from Kanoria Center for Arts, Ahmedabad, India. 1990-1991 Study Grant From TISCO, India for doing post-graduation in sculpture, 1988-1990. Prashanta is also associated with various educational institutes in teaching assignments being a wonderful sculptor and teacher.

7. Robin David: Robin David is a renowned name among contemporary sculptors who played an important role in reviving the importance of sculpture in Madhya Pradesh. Robin David, who has been associated with the establishment of Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal, the multi-art center. David has made his invaluable contribution to establishing the international identity of this multicultural institution. Considered to be one of the pioneer artists in conducting various international sculptures symposium across India.

8. Tridib Dutta: Tridib Dutta is an Indian sculptor known for his innovative and contemporary approach to sculpture. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Assam. Tridib Dutta is a highly respected and influential figure in the Indian Art World, known for his unique and innovative contributions to the field of sculpture. His works are highly regarded for their unique style and exceptional craftsmanship. He continues to create art that reflects his love for nature and his passion for sculpting is based in the remote area of Jorhat in the North-East.

9. Tutu Pattnaik: Tutu Patnaik is an Indian sculptor very well known across the world for his monumental sculptures. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Faculty of Visual Arts at Banaras Hindu University. He went on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Delhi College of Art. Pattnaik is known for his innovative sculptural techniques and styles. The most acclaimed sculptures can be seen in various institutes around the world.

10. Vishal Bhatnagar: Vishal Bhatnagar youngest among all is a renowned Indian sculptor who is known for his exceptional artistic skills and unique approach to sculpture. Bhatnagar pursued his education in sculpture at the Government College of Art in Chandigarh, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He then went on to obtain a post-graduation degree in sculpture from I.K.S. University Khairagarh, where he further honed his artistic skills. His sculptures are often characterized by their intricate details and intricate designs.

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