The Mysore Art Gallery President and well-known sculptor L. Shivalingappa has urged the government to recognise and honour sculptors along with musicians during Dasara festivities.

Addressing a press meet here on Thursday, Shivalingappa said that sculptors played a key role in Mysore city, which is the cultural capital of the State.

Apart from Mysore, places of historical significance such as Halebeedu, Belur, Aihole, Pattadakal, Badami, Hampi and Somanathpur attract a lot of tourists from the country and abroad, mainly because of magnificent sculptures, carvings and other art works, he said adding that in such a situation, it is not correct on the part of the government to ignore the sculptors.

He also regretted lack of a full-fledged art gallery in city.

Pointing out that Suchitra Art Gallery in Kalamandira premises lacked ventilation apart from shortcomings in the infrastructure, he demanded setting up of a full-fledged art gallery at the space abutting Kalamandira.

He also urged the Government to confer “Asthana Kalavida” award to painters/sculptors, form an “Artists Committee” for Dasara and extend grants to art exhibitions on the lines of CAVA.

Stressing the need for the formation of a committee comprising experienced artists to head the Dasara Cultural Committee, Shivalingappa urged for inviting art works from all parts of the State for a more inclusive Dasara. Theatrist Srikanta Gundappa, artists L.S.N. Achar, Basavannachar, Jamuna Rani Mirle and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore