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The second edition of WGD 2020 International Cartoon/Art event on the theme ‘Reconnecting Goa’ is currently underway.
NT BUZZ gets details

RAMANDEEP KAUR|NT BUZZ

After a successful first edition in August last year, the WGD 2020 International Cartoon/Art event is back for a second year. Themed ‘Reconnecting Goa’, the event which commenced on July 1 and will conclude on July 31 is one of the various events organised by World Goa Day (WGD) to keep the Goan diaspora connected to their roots.

The idea behind this art event is to ensure the senior Goans pass on the rich culture, cuisine, customs, language and all things Goan to the next generations. Participants should submit work that is original.

So far, the contest has already crossed 160 entries from different parts of the world like Macedonia, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, Yemen and from different states of India such as Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam, and Goa. Artists of varied age, gender, nationalities and also special children have contributed.

Educationist, columnist and a cartoonist, Smitha Bhandare Kamat who is organising the event on behalf of WGD says that Goa is synonymous with being tourist paradise, a place to chill and so the events under WGD are designed to urge people all over the world to look beyond this and get acquainted with the actual history as also ground realities especially the contemporary issues plaguing Goa. “Pictorial depiction helps to express one’s love for motherland, as also the concerns and fears associated with native land. Art serves as a therapy as a tool to bind us all,” says Kamat adding that artists can use any
medium.

But motivating youngsters is a challenge, she says especially when they have to work within certain parameters, be it in terms of theme or deadlines.  Secondly, this year’s event is not a competition, and so there will be no winners. Instead they have planned to document the works in a form of e-book. She says: “We have received overwhelming response and some artists have submitted many works. So if possible we want to accommodate all artists and different forms of art as also artists from different countries and states. Entries will be scrutinised accordingly to provide fair representation,” says Kamat. And if they get a sponsor they may hold exhibition as well in December depending on the situation.

Happy to be entrusted the task of showcasing the works of so many innumerable talented artists, Kamat says that it truly humbles her as also enriches and gives her insight in varied forms of artistic expressions. “Art is a universal language that binds mankind, at the physical, emotional as also intellectual level, triggering thoughts and emotions that transform and elevate us. It’s interesting to not just admire the aesthetic value of the works of artists especially those as young as six and eight years but also attempt to comprehend the synchronisation of their mind and heart,” she says, adding that it’s challenging and motivating to unravel their thought process, efforts and see the world through their eyes. “Each artist is unique and is a subject of
independent study,” she says.

And this challenging period of COVID crisis, she says has made us introspect and view the world from a new lens. Some express with a brush, others with a pen, still others by words and then there are those who express through ‘silence’, she says, while urging more overseas Goans to participate in large numbers.

(The event is open to all. Artworks can be sent to the FB page of Reconnecting Goa-WGD 2020 by July 31)

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