June 2017: India-Bhutan Cultural Exchange and Art Camp in Bhutan
Following the success of the India-Bhutan Cultural Exchange and Art Camps held in June 2016 in Bhutan and in February 2017 in India, a group of 10 distinguished artists – 5 from each country – came together for another Art Camp in Bhutan from 28 June to 3 July 2017. The aim of the Art Camp was to celebrate the rich heritage of Indian and Bhutanese art and culture and for artists to interact and collaborate on creating great works of art.
The five artists from Bhutan were Gyempo Wangchuk, Ashik Pradhan, Choney Pelzang, Pema Gyeltshen, and Tshewang Darjay. The five artists from India were Manisha Gera Baswani, Pooja Iranna, Kavita Nayar, Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and Mahalaxmi Karn.
The India-Bhutan Art Camp proved to be beneficial once again. It facilitated the opening of new avenues towards approaching traditional and contemporary art. Furthermore, it provided the platform to strengthen relations between the countries as through their interactions both Indian and Bhutanese artists developed a deeper understanding of both cultures.