Guwahati-based cultural organization Nrityanjali Academy is upbeat after the success of their international art exhibition, The Bridge, held at Thimpu last year. The exhibition, held at Nehru Wangchuk Cultural Centre at the embassy of India in Thimphu, was organized in collaboration with the Nehru Wangchuk Cultural Centre, Embassy of India Bhutan and paid homage to noted Assamese artist Sobha Brahma on his 84th birth anniversary. This was informed by Aditi Chakravorty, member of Nrityanjali.
Kama Wangdi, senior contemporary artist of Bhutan had inaugurated the four-day exhibition that showcased paintings of Sobha Brahma and 31 other Indian artists. The inaugural function was graced by Lyonpo C. Dorji, Chairman, Royal Privy Council, Dasho Dorjee Tshering, DG Department of Culture, MOHCA, RGOB, Mrs. Bharti Mohan Babu and other contemporary artists from Thimphu.
Eminent artist Ravindra Verma has highlighted the life and works of Sobha Brahma to the present audience. In his address, he invited the Bhutanese artists also to visit India to display their works. He hoped that this cross border interaction would act as a bridge between the two nations. A total of 57 works, which included abstract, realistic, figurative and other forms of paintings, were on display, Aditi informed.
‘Sobha Brahma-The Immaculate Visionary’, a documentary by Sibanan Barua, was also screened in the inaugural evening. The movie as it were brought back Late Brahma to life. During the exhibition period, a group of participating artists visited the Vast Gallery, Thimphu, Bhutan on invitation from Founder of the gallery Mr. Kama Wangdi. The group witnessed a grand installation work being put up by a team of artists under the guidance of Mr. Wangdi on the bank of the Thimphu, a spot of tourist attraction.
Manika Devi, Aditi Chakravarty and Prabin Kumar Nath, the main members of the organizing team, informed that Vijaya Brahma, wife of late Brahma and his two daughters also attended the inaugural function. The participating artists were from Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and New Delhi. They were: Neel Pawan Barua(Assam), Ravindra Verma( New Delhi), Noni Borpuzari( New Delhi), Vilas Shinde (Mumbai), Ajit Seal ( Shantiniketan), Champak Borbora (Assam), Atul Chandra Baruah (Assam), Meena Baya( Rajasthan), Munindra Narayan Bhattacharya (Assam), Lutfa Akhtar (Assam), Madhusudan Das (Assam), Suresh Kumar (New Delhi), Asurvedh (New Delhi), Simanta Jyoti Baruah (Assam), Prabin Kumar Nath (Assam), Subhakar Laskar (Assam) Ashwani Kumar Prithviwasi(New Delhi), Maneswar Brahma (Assam), Vijaya Ved (New Delhi), Sansita Gogoi. C (Assam), Khil Bahadur Chhetri (Assam), Jyoti Kumar Kalita (Assam), Manika Devi( Assam), Niva Devi (Assam), Gautam Kumar Goswami (Assam), Parikshit Baruah (Assam), Aditi Chakravarty (Assam), Siva Prasad Marar (Assam), Promud Boruah (Assam), Joydeep Bhattacharjee (Tripura), Jayanta Bhattacharya( Tripura).