The first India-Bhutan Cultural Exchange and Art Camp was held from 14th to 18th June 2016 in Thimphu and Paro, Bhutan. To learn and celebrate the rich heritage of Indian and Bhutanese art and culture, a group of 10 distinguished artists – five from each country – came together to interact and collaborate on creating great works of art.
The Art Camp was part of an India-Bhutan cultural exchange programme jointly organised by the Centre for Escalation of Peace, New Delhi; the Royal Office for Media, Thimphu; the Voluntary Artists’ Studio, Thimphu; and the India-Bhutan Foundation, Thimphu.
The five artists from Bhutan were Kama Wangdi, Pema Tshering, Sukbir Bishwa, Rajesh Gurung and Karma Wangchuk. The five artists from India were GR Iranna, Rajendra Tiku, Jagannath Panda, Kishor Shinde and Manjunath Kamath.
The India-Bhutan Cultural Exchange and Art Camp proved to be a great platform for opening new creative possibilities between participating artists. Artists from both countries were exposed to the many facets of Bhutanese hospitality, while understanding and appreciating popular as well as traditional arts and culture of each other’s countries. The interactions and discussions were engaging and will contribute greatly towards expanding the scope of their own art form.