Art to celebrate 75 years of Indo-Thai Friendship

Artists from Thailand join hands with Indians at Lalit Kala Akademi

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August 21, 2022

/ By / New Delhi

Art to celebrate 75 years of Indo-Thai Friendship

India and Thailand have historical and cultural roots dating back more than thousand years before the establishment of diplomatic relations.

As part of year-long celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Thailand, the Embassy of Thailand is hosting a unique fusion art festival where the fusion is in the minds of Indian and Thai artists.

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A unique ‘fusion’ art exhibition was inaugurated in New Delhi’s Lalit Kala Akademi on Saturday as over Indian and Thai artists came together to display their creations centred around the theme of Indo-Thai friendship which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022 as it marks exactly 75 years since the two countries established formal diplomatic relations.

The exhibition has been organised by the Thai Embassy, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), and revolves around the theme 75th Anniversary: A Portrait of Indo – Thai Friendship. It will go on till August 31 and is one of the series of activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Thailand and India this year.

The contemporary art exhibition displays 75 masterpieces of artwork to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of Thailand and India relations as well as the 75 years of India’s independence. It is aimed to showcase the convergence of two different cultures of Thailand and India into one single unit and, at the same time, feature the similarities, uniqueness and diversities of both countries’ cultures, through the artworks’ techniques, style and expressions. The Thai renowned artists from Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Art Centre, led by Dr Sangkom Thongmee, have supported this activity with their 50 artworks that have been brought all the way from Thailand to be displayed alongside their Indian counterparts’.

The inauguration ceremony of this exhibition was presided over by Pattarat Hongtong, Ambassador of Thailand to India, while Kumar Tuhin, Director General of ICCR, was the chief guest. “A total of 50 art works from Thailand, along with some artists have been brought here to India for this exhibition and we have 25 art works by different Indian artists,” Hongtong tells Media India Group. Among the renowned Thai artists present was Saravudth Duangjumpa, Thailand’s National Artist 2017. He, along with some other artists demonstrated to the audience a rare chance to observe their techniques and styles to make the special painting live on stage. This was also a great opportunity for both Thai and Indian artists to interact and exchange their knowledge and specialties on arts.

Events to commemorate the 75 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and India have been organised throughout this year by the Thai Embassy in New Delhi and the Thai Consulate Generals in Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai, including other Thai governmental agencies in India with the aim to enhancing bilateral relations and closer ties between the two countries and peoples, says a press release by the Embassy.

 

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