KAA inaugurates India-Kuwait cultural festival – ARAB TIMES

“Glimpses of Timeless India” until September 30

KUWAIT CITY, September 21: The Kuwait Arts Association (KAA) on Monday September 20 opened the Indo-Kuwaiti arts exhibition and cultural festival at its premises in Hawalli to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Kuwait and India. The “Glimpses of Timeless India” art exhibition, works by Ms. Joice Sibi, wife of the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, HE Sibi George, will remain open to the public until September 30, between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The India-Kuwait Cultural Festival, hosted by the Embassy on the sidelines of the exhibition, will feature dances by local Indian artists throughout the festival. The exhibition was opened by Kamel Abdul Jalil, Secretary General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL); organized by Abdul Rasoul Salman, President of the Kuwait Arts Association.

In his speech to the guests, the Indian envoy spoke about these two important cultural initiatives – the art exhibition on the essence of timeless India and the cultural festival – saying that these events bring to life the cultural heritage of the majestic land of India and connect cultures. and the peoples of “our two friendly countries. These two initiatives aim to further broaden the rich web of cultural engagement and further strengthen our already close civilizational affinities and ties. “India has a vibrant artistic heritage,” he said and added, “the artwork that you have witnessed today is the result of this rich heritage that has been shaped and refined over several centuries of cultural influences.There is a rich diversity of art in India with vivid, distinct and enchanting styles that represent many different civilizational periods and the many different regions and kingdoms that have dominated these regions during India’s long, ancient but continuing history. “To put it in context, today’s event is a celebration of the vibrant and dynamic partnership between our two friendly countries, India and Kuwait. ties have been proven, they have been built on solid foundations by our peoples over the centuries, on the basis of mutual trust and respect, ”said the Ambassador.

Ms. Joice in her speech to the guests at the evening said that she has been painting for almost fifteen years now. “I took part in many exhibitions and I also organized a few ‘solo’ during my stay abroad and in India. Painting has become a passion, I like to play with colors. In this way, I have tried to help promote the culture and heritage of India abroad. ‘Glimpses of Timeless India’, – a collection of 37 paintings showing the rich customs, traditions and heritage of India – is a story of India, its splendor, its magnificence, its pristine beauty, its serene landscapes, its values , its traditions, its principles, its people, their lives, their emotions, their triumphs and many others. It’s a visually rich tale engraved on canvas by the artist with every brushstroke, bringing the story of the world’s oldest and continuing civilization to life, she added. “My journey in the art world started from my childhood in India. I have always been drawn to art in all its forms, be it painting, music or dance. But I have always had a special link with painting, as a means of expression. My love for painting grew with me.

“As a diplomatic wife, I have had the opportunity to travel the world and visit many art museums. I have found inspiration and continue to do so in the works of other artists. I have learned many new art forms through which I can express the civilization and tradition of India. She added: “What influences me the most is the rich and dynamic cultural heritage of my country. As an artist, I also draw inspiration from our continuing civilization, which I consider “timeless India”. My in-depth study of greats such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gaughan, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, MF Hussain, guided me throughout my journey and helped me portray the splendor of the ‘India. “Today, painting is an integral part of my life. Every painting for me is like a newborn baby. I feed him. I live there. Each painting gives a message to the viewer. He should have a story to tell and my paintings just do it. I would call it my “nostalgia”. It reminds me of my homeland. I paint to express my feelings, my nostalgia and my imagination. This is my story, “she said. India is a nation that prides itself on having the bounty of nature, an oldest civilization, a rich and vibrant cultural heritage and a glorious past.” This is what, as an artist, I wish to express through my work. This exhibition is my tribute to the beauty and diversity of India. “Glimpses of Timeless India”, is exactly what it says, just a glimpse of boundless and timeless India, ”Ms. Joice said.

Darcy J. Skinner

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