World University of Design organises the First International Sculptors Symposium, presenting 10 Artist – 3 International Artist and 7 Indian Artists, along with 10 Young sculptors as assisting artists from reputed art universities of Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi College of Art, and Chandigarh University. Entitled “TATTVA” the International Sculptor Symposium is curated by Prof Rajan Shripad Fulari, Dean, at the School of Visual Arts, WUD, Sonipat. The event started from Tuesday, March 14th to Tuesday, March 28th, 2023.
TATTVA is one of its own kind of symposium which aims to bring art of sculpture close to the public.
As part of this Symposium, ten sculptors, Including some senior sculptors from Indian Contemporary Scenario, are stationed at WUD Campus from different parts of India and the world. The sculpture’s creation in the symposium will be exhibited on the university campus and open to the public for interaction and dialogue. This opportunity will be of great interest for students to have firsthand experience to learn in person.
TATTVA is an element or aspect of reality conceived as an aspect of deity, forming the basis of human experiences. Tattva is also an inseparable part of Indian philosophy with various schools of thought defining it in their own way. Further in context with Indian philosophy of TATTVA is also fundamental in bringing together the five elements in nature through Visual Arts and Sculptures being one of its forms. Keeping the sculptural tradition in India and arriving at new idioms in Contemporary Art is an attempt at WUD with this first International Sculptors Symposium.
The symposium opened on March 14th, 2023, with WUD Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) Sanjay Gupta as the Chief Guest. Reaffirming the role of Art and how it touches lives of those around it, Prof Gupta said, “Art and Design connects the social fabrics in context with day today life which even crosses boundaries, and makes people curious to explore and deal closely with new avenues. This International Sculptors Symposium will be aligned on the same lines.”
TATTVA aims to bring together artists from different countries including India so that an exchange of ideas, conversation and dialogue can take place and provide an active opportunity to WUD students to make the most out of it, which is in line with university’s orientation in the years to come. This opportunity will provide a platform to artists participating to develop networks, exchange perspectives, understand use of different mediums, learn and exchange different techniques and most importantly build friendships and open doors for further collaborations.
Participating Sculptors and their profiles from India and Abroad includes Mr. Adwaita Gadanayak from Odisha, (Director General, NGMA), Ms. Canan Zongur from Turkey, Ms. Ana Maria Aurelia from Romania, Mr. Luka Radojevic from Montenegro, Mr. Tutu Pattanair from Delhi, Mr. Tridip Dutta from Assam, Mr. Robin David from Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Prashanta Mukherjee from Delhi, Mr. Vishal Bhatnagar from Chandigarh and Mr. Bolla Srinivasa Reddy from Telangana.
- Adwaita Gadanayak:Adwaita Gadanayak was born and brought up in Neulapoi village of Dhenkanal district in Odisha. Gadanayak pursued art education from BK College of Arts and Crafts and completed his masters from Delhi Art College. Gadanayak also studies art at Slade School of Fine Arts in London. He is a celebrated sculptor and received many awards: National Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1993; Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1999 etc. The sculptor’s most famous projects include Gandhi’s Dandi March statue in Rajghat, Police memorial in Delhi, Subhash Chandra Bose and also his works have found place in London as well. Gadanayak served as Director General of National Gallery of Modern Art.
- Ana Maria Aurelia Negara:Ana Maria Negara born on August 9, 1984, in Braila, Romania, she get a PhD in visual arts at the University of Arts “George Enescu” University with the thesis “Tradition and modernity in contemporary sculpture”, and she made a master class sculpture (2008-2010) after a B.Sc. (2008), with the same specialization at the “University of Arts” George Enescu “Iasi, Romania. In 2010, Ana Maria was admitted as a member of the” Union of Professional Artists (UAP) in Romania. Ana is a well acclaimed sculptor internationally.
- Bolla Srinivasa Reddy:Srinivasa Reddy obtained his Diploma in Sculpture from the College of Fine Arts, JNTU (now JNAFAU), Hyderabad followed by a Post Diploma in the same at Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University of Baroda. He is the recipient of Junior Fellowship by the Government of India, and National Award by Lalit Kala Academi. He has successfully exhibited his works in many galleries in India and abroad over the last few decades. Well known as sculptor in Contemporary Indian Art and profound teacher.
- Canan Zongur:Canan is highly commended and sought after as a sculptor for her public art works in stones. She has had an outstanding career as a teacher following formal study in art and sculpture. She has a doctorate from The Institute of Fine Arts at the DokuzEylül University, Turkey where she specialised in studies of the shaping of stone in 20th-century sculpture. Currently she is Professor of Fine Art at Ordu University, Turkey. Here Sculptures can be seen in various institutes in India too.
- Luke Raojevic:Luke has an international art career as sculptor. He started from his hometown in Montenegro, and he continued to create and participate in art events worldwide. Joy of combining different materials and styles challenged him to make attractive and intriguing sculptures. Endless inspiration he finds in history, religion, science, love, Beside individual projects, he made several cycles of artworks which are called: “Trinity, Time, The secret of Jerusalem and Homo sapiens”. His sculptures found placement in many public areas, private properties, and business spaces.
- Prashanta Mukherjee:Prasanta born – 1959 at Jamshedpur, India. He did his B.F.A. Sculpture in 1988 and also M.F.A. Sculpture in 1990 both from M.S.U. Baroda, India. He has been part of many national and international workshops. Also a recipient of many Scholarships, received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1999. Fellowship from Kanoria Center for Arts, Ahmedabad, India. 1990-1991 Study Grant From TISCO, India for doing post-graduation in sculpture, 1988-1990. Prashanta is also associated with various educational institutes in teaching assignments being a wonderful sculptor and teacher.
- Robin David:Robin David is a renowned name among contemporary sculptors who played an important role in reviving the importance of sculpture in Madhya Pradesh. Robin David, who has been associated with the establishment of Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal, the multi art centre. David has made his invaluable contribution in establishing the international identity of this multicultural institution. Considered to be one of the pioneer artists in conducting various international sculptures symposium across India.
- Tridib Dutta:Tridib Dutta is an Indian sculptor known for his innovative and contemporary approach to sculpture. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Assam. Tridib Dutta is a highly respected and influential figure in the Indian Art World, known for his unique and innovative contributions to the field of sculpture. His works are highly regarded for their unique style and exceptional craftsmanship. He continues to create art that reflects his love for nature and his passion for sculpting being based in the remote area of Jorhat in North-East.
- Tutu Pattnaik:Tutu Patnaik is a Indian sculptor very well known across the world for his monumental sculptures. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Faculty of Visual Arts at Banaras Hindu University. He went on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Delhi College of Art. Pattnaik is known for his innovative sculptural techniques and styles. The most acclaimed sculptures can be seen in various institutes around the world.
- Vishal Bhatnagar:Vishal Bhatnagar youngest among all is a renowned Indian sculptor who is known for his exceptional artistic skills and unique approach to sculpture. Bhatnagar pursued his education in sculpture at the Government College of Art in Chandigarh, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He then went on to obtain a post-graduation degree in sculpture from I.K.S. University Khairagarh, where he further honed his artistic skills. His sculptures are often characterized by their intricate details and intricate designs.