The Bombay Art Society has announced its 124thAnnual Art Exhibition from the February 23-29 at Jehangir Art Gallery, from 11 am to 7 pm. This event is celebrated in much grandeur and is the most awaited art exhibition in the country. During the exhibition, a myriad confluence of paintings and sculptures of Established as well as Emerging artists from all over India will be on display. The exhibition is attended by approximately 5000 people from all over India. It was inaugurated by Vijay Darda, Chairman and Editor–in-Chief Lokmat Media Ltd at the Jehangir Art Gallery today.
This year we have received around 2100 entries in Professional and Students categories by artists from all over India, out of which 274 artworks have been selected form display and 43 entries are conferred awards in various categories. During the exhibition a total of Rs. 5,60,000/- is distributed as Award sum to deserving artists. This year’s Governor Prize has been given to Jitendra Thorat from Pune whereas The Bombay Art society’s Gold Medal has been given to Kailas Yadav from Satara. Similarly, the society’s Silver Medal has been given to Vaibhav More. The Prafulla Dahanukar Aawrd by Sculptor Chandrajit Yadav has been given Swati Naphade from Nagpur and Late Shri. Gunavant Nagarkar Award to Ganesh Chavan from Thane. The Lalibai Dharamdas Bhambhani Scholarship Scheme has been awarded to Javed Mulani and Bendre – Hussain Scholarship Scheme to Nanasaheb Yeole. This year ‘Roopdhar’ Lifetime Achievement Award has been conferred to Prof. Prabhakar Kolte.
The Bombay Art Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1888, with the objective of encouraging artists and educating the public for appreciation of arts. Conscious of the gulf that exists between artists and people the society provides a link. Exhibiting art in closed doors does not rouse enough interest; talks, explanations, film screening, live demos, etc help to bring about greater understanding in the minds of the public. Every year thousands of artists graduate from art school and a lot of them do not get gallery representations, The Bombay Art Society’s objective is create platform for them through such events.