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Painting Goa on canvas

A number of art lovers have come together to create one of the longest paintings admeasuring around 1000-feet-long at the ongoing Vibrant Goa Global Expo And Summit. NT BUZZ gets more details about the painting that anyone can be part of

RAMANDEEP KAUR

Environmental issues are well-known to all and thus, to raise awareness about the same, various movements, activities, initiatives etc are held time after time. Now, the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) in collaboration with Vibrant Goa Global Expo And Summit are attempting to create one of the longest paintings admeasuring around 1000-feet-long at the ongoing Vibrant Goa Global Expo And Summit being held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Taleigao.

The 1000 feet (300 metres) painting is being done on a 42 inch wide canvas using acrylics. The idea behind doing this painting is not only to attempt to enter the Golden Book of World Records but to sensitise citizens about environmental issues through the artwork. Thus, the theme of the painting is ‘Goa- Goan environment and Goan culture’.

Chairman of IIID-Goa, Sidharth Naik says: “We wanted to tell people who came for the summit that Goa is also about nature and environment consciousness. The idea is that anybody can come and participate in the painting.”

He adds: “I believe awareness has to be done in way that it goes viral and more and more people are interested and become part of it. We have got calls from parents stating that their children also would like to participate. And if a child becomes conscious through art, it is a good thing for the future.”

Through this artwork, Naik informs that they also want to emphasise the importance of balancing environment while developing Goa. If successful in making the 300 metres painting, Naik says that in the future they will try for the Guinness World Records which is 1.5 kilometres long.

Artist Sajjan Bhatcar who is one of the participating artists and a designer by profession, says: “I have added all kind of Goan motifs like coconut, sea, etc, to the painting. Also, I have painted an Indian flag because I wanted to do something for the country as it is an attempt for a record.” He adds that the there are so many first time painters who he helped to paint with acrylics, as painting on a big canvas is a different experience.

Artist Manjunaath Naik, who is in the field of art for more than 10 years and works with oil, acrylic, pen and ink, has painted some flowers, fishes and has tried to convey a message that, “If you love something you must protect it.”

Another artist Praveen Naik has been painting for the past 19 years and is an art teacher. He says that the artists have tried to depict Goan culture, temples, churches, etc. “I have painted ancestral houses, some modern things and nature,” he adds.

 (The visitors for the summit can view and be a part of the painting till October 19 at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Bambolim.)

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