Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a function at Adhiweshan Bhawan in Patna on Wednesday, handed awards to a number of artists from across the nation to mark the Bihar Kala Diwas organized by the state Art and Culture department.
Modi gave national award to noted folk singer Sharda Sinha and world-renowned artist Paresh Maiti. He also gave away lifetime achievement awards to Prof. Shyam Sharma and Kirankant Verma.
Other artists honored on the occasion included Jyoti Chandra Sharma, Sanju Das, Dr. Rekha Das, Virendra Kumar Singh, Amrit Prakash, Sunil Kumar, Ravindra Nath Gaur, Mithilesh Rai, Nimmi Sinha, Mithilesh Rai, Mamata Bharti, Mohammed Salim, Santosh Kumar, Rajan Kumar Singh, Shwet Priti, Yamini, Anjula Kumari, Uday Kumar, Satyendra Kumar, Dr. Vishwanath Sharan Singh, and Bullu Kumar.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister touted the NDA government's commitment towards promoting art and culture in the state saying the Nitish administration had taken a number of steps to encourage budding artists from Bihar.
"We are organizing more than 100 events to promote art and culture and also to encourage our young artists in various fields. Modern auditorium and theaters are being built at block level. In Madhubani, we have opened an art institute to promote Madhubani painting that is popular all over the world," he said.
The BJP leader also lavished his admiration for the newly-built Bihar Museum in Patna saying he had visited nearly 20 countries in the world and has seen a lot of museums and therefore, he could say it with certainty that Bihar Museum was, by no means, any less spectacular than any of those.
Art and Culture Minister Krishna Kumar Rish, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, and Art and Culture Secretary Chaitanya Prasad were among many who also spoke on the occasion.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS