National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, has announced online Naimisha 2020 – Summer Art Programme from 8 June to 3 July 2020. During this pandemic situation and lockdown, museums and cultural institutions cannot serve visitors and audiences as usual. It led NGMA to explore new areas and platforms to reach to its audiences. In the last two months, NGMA has organised many programmes and exhibitions virtually. Now, NGMA is making an endeavour to host its most popular summer art programme Naimisha digitally.
The month-long online summer programme by NGMA, New Delhi, is an initiative to provide a chance to its participants to create and learn from practicing artists without compromising their health. Four inclusive workshops have been planned by NGMA to engage and increase engagement virtually. The announcement of these workshops on 1 June was very well received with the registration of more than 600 participants. In the online Naimisha 2020 programme, four workshops will be organised – Painting workshop, Sculpture workshop, Printmaking and Indrajaal – The Magic of Art (Interdisciplinary creative workshop to understand Freedom). Online workshops will be organised in two groups – Group 1: 6 to 15 years having the timings 11 to 11.35 am; and Group 2: 16 years and above with no closing limit having the timings 4 to 4.35 pm
Director General of NGMA, Adwaita Charan Garanayak said, “As the first Director General of NGMA, I firmly believe in making museums virtually accessible to the public. Summer art programme 2020 is a step further towards engaging all sections of our society with the museum and its activities. From monday onwards, I along with the senior-junior artist will reach to you on your screen and we all will try to learn to create art together. The title of the programme, Naimisha represents a sacred place where people offer their shraddha or devotion. I believe in broadening the scope of NGMA’s activities especially in the field of education as an institution and reaching each and every fraction of the society.”
The exhibition of selected artworks from Naimisha 2020: Summer Art Programme will be displayed virtually on SO-HAM the Cultural media platform of NGMA for public viewing soon.