Vibrant hues were brushed upon dull masks, to make them come to life, at the Mask Painting competition held in the morning, at the Open Air Theatre. The competition seemed like a battle of themes and styles, ranging from contemporary to tribal themes, to a mixture of themes. The artists were provided with all the raw materials, but they were free to bring in their own requirements and implement their ideas on the masks provided.
Though the participating colleges and universities included, Apeejay Institute of Technology, Amity University, Kurukshetra University and Jamia Millia Islamia ,the numbers were very modest. The event had an early start, and by 12 noon, most of the masks were more than half done. The participants painted their masks intricately and with enthusiasm. The judges of the event were Vijendra Sharma and Onkar Singh, with whom Wafia had a conversation which is uploaded on the page titled “In Conversation.
The event was handled with ease and there were almost no complaints from the participants. I had a short conversation with one of the participants, Kashish, from Department of Fine Arts, JMI who seemed to be working without pressure mixing warm and cool hues on her mask. The participants seemd at home and the event concluded on a happy note.
Photos: Nabeel Khalid