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Art and health join hands this world Tuberculosis Day,on March 24,to raise funds through the sale of paintings.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE |
March 23, 2011 3:47:40 am

Art and health join hands this world Tuberculosis Day,on March 24,to raise funds through the sale of paintings.

Religare Art in Connaught Place will host an exhibition that will comprise works created by artists during a month-long art camp,held after interacting with patients suffering from the disease that claims around two million people each year.

TB is not just the poor man’s disease,everyone can be involved in eradicating it,says Christo Mathews,Spokesperson of Global Health Advocates,that has worked with Art for Change Foundation to bring together the artists. Many NGOs deal directly with patients,but we are trying to influence decisions on policy and funding from grass root and political levels,says Mathews.

Contributing their artworks are over 15 artists,including Maumita Shaw,Sanjay K Sharma,Lal Bahadur Singh and Sayake Arase. It was not just about putting together artwork and raising money through it. The whole process of making art changed the artists. Hopefully the art will have such an impact on the viewer that they will leave with the desire to be touched and engage with the disease and mobilise a change,says Stefan Prakash Eicher of Art for Change,a six-year-old organisation. We have a network of artists who have been working on socially relevant issues and bringing change through realistic portraits and other symbolic canvases,says the India born European,pointing out that the previous campaign was against female foeticide. This time around,on sale are 38 hard-hitting works,priced between Rs 9,000 and Rs 99,000.

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