“Hello Kolkata” was conceptualized by IMA’S since it was born on the 7th of May’19 along with many other objectives it planned for future in order to bringing art into community in both national and international arena.However, Zsuzsa Gajdan, a renowned Hungarian Painter who travelled almost half of the universe with her art work was invited in Kolkata by IMA’S.
The 13 day project ‘Hello Kolkata’ was divided in following 3 phases:
1ST Phase contained felicitation to Ms.Zsuzsa Gajdan on the 15th of November’19 where legendary painter & sculptor Mr Shuvaprasanna was present as guest-in-chief along with his better half Mrs.Shipra Bhattacharjee,an eminent painter & sculptor. Amongst the dignitaries Mr. Tapas Sarkar, renowned sculptor & Mr.Sukanta Das renowned painter were present at the occasion. Besides, Mr.Somenath Kutty, secretary Kalamandalam and eminent Kathak dancer Ms.Nandini Sinha Roy were present amongst the dignitaries. Mrs.Swarnali Pal, Founder and Chairperson, IMA’S, described IMA’S major objective to connect national and international community. Mr.Biprodas Bhattacharjee,President IMA’S explained the style of painting made by Ms.Zsuzsa Gajdan and the allegorical significance of her art work. Mr.Arindam Rakshit,Rector,IMA’S introduced Ms.Gajdan with the audience and dignitaries.
All the dignitaries and audience were witnessing the live art work of Ms.Zsuzsa Gajdan on canvas using multiple colours specially acrylic paint..Each one of them appreciated the great effort made by IMA’S and interacted with Ms.Zsuzsa Gajdan and thank her for coming to India for strengthening Indo-Hungarian Cultural relationship. At her thanksgiving speech ,Zsuzsa Gajdan explained” My art has grown out from the artistic realism, but later gradually I reached the abstract expressionism, which have been proved the best way for expressing my feelings and thoughts. Who are we ? Where do we come from? And where are we going? I construct my pictures from layers, sometimes I use manuscripts (handwritten texts) and fragments of other pictures, to formulate my message for humans.I love the gold-colour, which represents the terrestrial and celestial glory.The adventure of life is very important for me, that inspires my art. I observe, select and balance in the life. What I need, I will store burning it in my mind. What is needless, I will delete.”
The next two days were art camp where more than 20 participants attended and witnessed her style of work. Zsuzsa was very much involved with the students and advised them as required. The students were given certificate of appreciation. On the 18th of Nov’19, IMA,S was invited to bring Ms.Zsuzsa Gajdan at The Heritage School,one of the premier institution in Kolkata. Students,the principal and faculties from art department of The Heritage School had welcome Zsuzsa and interacted with her. (Video to be installed) &( PIC KOLLAGE OF STEEL PHOTOES)
2 nd phase started on 18th Novmber’19 night.Zsuzsa started for her journey to Darjeeling which she dreamt much before she arrived in Kolkata.She was there till 21st of Novembe’19.She quanched her thirst visiting the Mount Everest ,the Kanchanjanga,Toy train,Tea Gardens. Nature ‘s lover Zsuzsa went to Darjeeling for searching out nature’s invaluable treasures of landscape, Glittering sunrise,trees & beautiful flowers and famous tree garden which had been archived in her memory and mind like a child. She had seen ,enjoyed and discovered the beauty of ‘The Everest’ at her heart’s content and found out the food for her imagination and creativity. We don’t have any doubt that Zsuzsa will extract the essence of the beauty of ‘The Himalayas’ in her next canvas art and will present the whole of the universe an incredible creation for which the entire world will remember her for ever and she will remain immortal in the minds of art loving people.****Zsuzsa ‘s dream came true when she could visit Old English Cemetery where she paid homage to one of statesmen of her country Late Alexander Csoma De Koros ,noted Hungarian Philologist who died during hir visit to Darjeeling.(Pics kollage of Darjeeling to be installed)
3rd phase ,the concluding part of Project Hello Kolkata started with a felicitation to Ms.Gajdan organised by Doyen Diagnostic & Research Foundation ,Diagnostic partner of IMA’S. She was taken to most important places of Kolkata including Victoria Memorial, Academy of Fine Arts on the 23r of November’19.
On the 24th of November’19,Art Camp was held at IMA’S School .
On the 25th of November’19,Zsuzsa Gajdan and Team IMA’S including Ms.Swarnali Pal, Founder,IMA’S and Mr.Subir Roy Director, Doyen Diagnostic and Research Foundation went to Jhargram for attending an Art Camp hosted by West End High School, Jhargram. Around 35 students attended the Art Camp.
On the 27th of November’19,Ms.Zsuzsa was invited by Mr. Shuvaprasanna to visit Artsacre Foundation,one of the premium art gallaries in India.She was happy with warm welcome by the legendary painter. She was exclaimed with joy after visiting the each galleries of artsacre which she would keep in her archive.
IMA’S bade her a good bye on the 27th of November’19 night with tears of eyes. Zsuzsa flew to her motherland Budapest, Hungary living behind her love, many memories and her abstract painting.