Lucknow: A two-day black and white drawing camp exhibited art exhibits and later artists were honored at a city event. On day 3 a day long exhibition was held in memory of young photographer Jalaj Yadav (1990-2021) under the auspices of Roopkriti Open Art Space. The event was organized on the premises of Faculty of Architecture and Planning, AKTU, Tagore Marg Lucknow. Students and artists, including Dr. Vandana Sehgal (Principal and Faculty of Architecture, AKTU), Narendra Panjwani (Senior Theater and Film Actor) and Justice Rakesh Sharma (Former Judge, Allahabad High Court) were present as the Chief Guest at the inauguration. The program started with young flute player Mukesh “Madhur” performing the raga Durga with a superb Alap and Bandish. Girish Pandey’s title “Jalaj Ke Rang” poetry was also heard with rapt attention.
Curator Bhupendra Kumar Asthana said that all the participating artists were honored, as a form of respect, a memento and Angavastra was provided to the chief guests.
Asthana informed that 8 participants from Uttar Pradesh and 7 invited young artists from other states participated in the two-day art camp. Among the participating artists were Abhishek Pal, Rishabh Raj, Akshay, Shivam Shukla, Aarti Singh, Shivam Kesari, Anas Sultan, Nausin Zehra from Uttar Pradesh while Gopal Samantri, Ram Dongre, Sunil Yadav, Ratnapriya Kant, Anshu Pancholi, Ambareesh Mishra were among the invited artists.
At the end of the program, the organizer painter Dheeraj Yadav elaborated the motifs of the design, he said that the open art space is being established in memory of Jalaj. Since Jalaj was a skilled artist of young thinking. Roopkriti Open Art Space is being set up to encourage folk art, modern art and contemporary art and artists.