BHOPAL: Culture minister Usha Thakur said tribals of Madhya Pradesh are the backbone of Indian culture. They have saved the values through its paintings by staying connected with Indian culture and rites, said Thakur during the inauguration of 'Chitra Shivir' at the Tribal Museum on Wednesday.
The camp focused on the painters of Bhil and Gond community. She says that the event has been organised to promote the sacred tradition of beautiful paintings of the tribal community and to give due value and respect to the artistes for their hard work. The event was inaugurated with a drawing on canvas by the minister along with renowned Bhili painter Bhuri Bai. Thakur also honoured Bhuri Bai for her contribution in the field of art.
Principal secretary, culture, Sheo Shekhar Shukla informed that the camp focused on 'Glory of Nature in Tradition' is being organised for Gond and Bhil painters by Janjatiya Lok Kala Evam Boli Vikas Academy of Culture Department.
At the camp, the public will be able to buy paintings from the private collection of more than 70 invited painters. Shukla informed that an online platform will be made available by the department of culture and tourism for selling and buying paintings of tribal artists. On this portal, artists will be able to upload the photos of their artworks along with the price. Unique ID of each painting will be generated, which will give copyright rights to the painter. The more times the painter's picture gets sold, the more royalty will come into his or her account. This is being done with the aim of protecting the rights and income of tribal artists. On the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' under 'Gamak' series, 'Chitra Shivir' will be displayed for the visitors from noon to 6 pm from July 7 to 11.