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The Meghalaya Art Festival got underway in the Garo Hills region from Monday.

The festival with the theme ‘Observation and Realism’ was inaugurated on Monday at District Museum of Dakopgre in Tura by West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh.

The five-day Art Festival cum Photography Workshop and Exhibition are being held at district museum of Dakopgre and district auditorium in Tura respectively from September 17 to 21.

Speaking on the occasion, Ram Singh suggested that fine art be made a compulsory discipline in the school curriculum so that every child is introduced to the subject and thereby help them to develop their interest and talents from childhood.

Stressing on the need to appreciate the realistic theme, he said that nowadays people have the facility to edit their photographs which goes beyond realism and added that encouraging and supporting the artist from the region should not be limited to the department of Art and Culture.

Archivist of State Art and Culture Department, D Kharjana in her keynote address informed the participants about the aims and objectives of the festival that endeavours to bring together a group of artists from within the State to a common platform and enable them to showcase their talents in a variety of mediums of art to the public.

She also said that festival is aimed to create an enriching experience full of knowledge on art that the people of the State will acquire from the festival by means of interaction with the artist and appreciation of art.

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