The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is always finding new ways to showcase emerging art and talent in celebration of the diversity of Indian arts. To that end, this year they had the privilege of hosting the inaugural Ojas Art Award. The award explores tribal and traditional art forms, this year focusing on Gond Art from Madhya Pradesh.
Renowned poet Ashok Vajpeyi, brimming with pride, addressed the young winners, saying he felt very ‘spiritually satisfied’ to give away these awards. He emphasized the need for contemporary art to ‘not be confined to the urban’ and to embrace contemporary folk art on the visual art scene in India today. Vajpeyi expressed how deeply impressed he was by the winning entries, calling them imaginative, self-conscious, responsive, and yet still close to their indigenous roots.
Heartfelt congratulations to the three fantastic artists receiving the prize today. The winners’ work can be viewed outside the registration desk here at the festival.
1st Prize: Bhaujju Shyam
2nd Prize: Venkat Raman Singh Shyam
Special Prize: Roshni Vyam