Dimapur | May 12
Upcoming Naga artist, Throngkiuba (Athrong) Yimchungrü, was among seven young artists who took part in the tribute workshop “Recreating MF Hussain’s Kolkata, a tribute to the Picaso of India” to commemorate the birth centenary of the Indian legendary artist.
The workshop was held from March 25 to April 15.
Under the mentorship of renowned Indian artist, Samindranath Majumdar, the grandson of famed artist, Hemendranath Majumdar, the workshop and exhibition centered on weaving new stories and themes from Hussain’s vision of Kolkata, resurrection and infusion of the legendary artist’s concepts and characters with new spirit.
The workshop was organized by the Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) Art Gallery, Kolkata, and supported by Indian Art Collectors. Indian Art Collectors also launched an online exhibition on April 20 (still continuing) and one can buy art works through the Indian Art Collectors website.
In a conversation with The Morung Express, Athrong who has recently returned home after completing his Bachelor in Fine Arts, said he was fortunate to participate in the workshop as he had learnt a lot in time management, interacting with visitors and being introduced to popular Indian contemporary artists and art aficionados including Tapas Konwar, Partha Pratim Deb, Eleena Banik, Jogen Chowdhary (sitting Member of Parliament) and Manisha Lath Gupta (founder of India Art Collectors).
“I was personally invited by Tapas Konwar and gifted one of his paintings. These top artists also said they were ready to assist Nagaland in the field of art if invited,” he said.
Throngkiuba along with six other artists have also been invited for a show at the prestigious gallery Studio 21, Kolkata, in July next.
Earlier in 2014, 24-year-old Throngkiuba’s acrylic on canvas titled “Jesus! Jesus!” made it to the “Halloween Art Exhibit” at the Yorktown Museum, New York, and he was also awarded ‘Best Mixed Media on Canvas’ at the All India Art Contest, Mumbai.
The young artist with his unconventional style and abstract impressionism has shared space with world renowned India artists like VS Gaitonde, Jamini Roy, Ganesh Pyne, H A Gade, NS Bendre, Akbar Padamsee, Subhaprasanna and Thota Vaikuntam.