Attempting to capture turbulence of modern times through art, Bodhgaya is going to host a week-long international art exhibition in December this year. The event that will feature paintings, sculptures, still photographs, graphics and video on the theme of “urgency of peace in contemporary times”. The exhibition will have artists participating from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Austria, Cuba, Egypt, Finland, Spain, Turkey, US, England, Korea, Norway, Thailand and Japan.
Bodhgaya is chosen as the venue for the event because of its importance as an international symbol of peace. The fact that Mahabodhi temple had witnessed serial bomb blasts has only added much more importance to the selection of venue.
Bihar Art and Culture Secretary and patron of the event, Gaya Biennale, Chanchal Kumar told reporters in Patna, “This is going to be the biggest art activity in Bihar that would now take place once in two years. The biennale is a curated exhibition and the very theme of the biennale is. Besides display of paintings and still photographs, films and documentaries on art and artists will be shown. There would be inter-active sessions on conventional and contemporary art”. The event is being organised by a Patna-based organisation Canvas, that has support of Bihar government.
The art and culture secretary confirmed participation of eminent artists such as Vivan Sundaram, Balan Nambiar, Veer Munshi, Goutam Ghosh, Himmat Shah, P. R. Daroz, Dhraj Choudhary, Anil Risal Singh, Prashant Panjiar, Richard Cocks (U.K.), Sabrina Osborn, Michael Snider, (Austria) and Rukkaya Sultana.