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New sculpture park attracts enthusiasts
Munish Dhiman  10th Aug 2013

Rock sculptures at the Open Sculpture Park | Photo: Munish Dhiman

The Open Sculpture Park at Kalagram, Manimajra, where some 220 stone and 35 wooden sculptures created by various sculptors are displayed, is rapidly becoming a favourite among art lovers and tourists.

Conceptualised by Yashwinder Sharma, Programme Officer, North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Kalagram, this is the biggest sculpture park in the country that houses work of various sculptors of national and international repute including Biman Bihari Das, Latika Katt, D Rajasekharan Nair, and Shiv Singh among others.

While elaborating about the park, Sharma tells Guardian20, "The idea behind creating this park was to give a treat to art enthusiasts and to generate normal public's interest towards art. Each sculpture narrates a different tale and all these have been carved by some odd 100-150 award winning sculptors and students. Various camps were held from time to time and these craftsmen were invited from various places. After years of hard work and dedication it feels great to witness your dreams getting shape."

Four types of stones have been used to create sculptures which are black, yellow, pink and white in colour, and have been sourced from Baslana, Jaisalmer, Gujrat and places near Udaipur.

"We have works by artists who represent wide-ranging styles including tribal, modern, abstract, as well as religious. There are plans to further expand the park and include terracotta, fibre and metal sculptures in the park to make it an exclusive and incomparable sculpture garden in India," informs Sharma.

"We are further planning to restructure and expanded its activities to ensure that younger generations appreciate the nuances of contemporary Indian art," says DS Saroya, director NZCC.

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