Artists at work during the Artists Camp in Kolkata
A group of Christian artists in India has got together at a special camp in Kolkata with the aim of promoting the gospels and unity through art.
The camp is the first activity of Christian Art India, a forum which operates under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India’s Commission for Social Communication, said its coordinator Father Paul Kattukaran.
This camp has chosen “Peace and Compassion of Mother Teresa” as its theme to pay a tribute to the 'saint of the gutters' on her birth centenary, the Church official said.
Its members include Protestants and also some Hindus from various parts of the country.
“We hope the forum will unite all Christian artists in India,” said Jesuit Father Roy Thottam, who is among 24 artists attending the camp which began February 7 at a Salesian center.
Father Thottam, 45, said the Church officially gives “a lot of encouragement” to Christian artists, but in practice does little to promote visual arts.”
Christian artists have “an important role” to play in preaching the Gospels, he said.
Anita Vigas, 49, from Goa, expressed hope the forum would unite artists, irrespective of religious orientation, to promote unity and peace in the world.
Christian artists can contribute to the Church by helping it present biblical stories “in an idiom understandable to our people, and relate our faith to daily life,” she explained
Subhas Mait, 33, from Kolkata, said working together on the Mother Teresa theme is a new experience. He has completed some 30 paintings on her so far.
The artists are to exhibit their work starting tomorrow until February 15.
The camp is also to put up some 40 paintings for sale and the proceeds will go to promoting Christian art in India, Father Kattukaran said.
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