New Delhi: The National Tiger Conservation Authority ( NTCA ) in collaboration with the Sankala Foundation will organise an art exhibition at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on Friday to mark the completion of 50 years of Project Tiger.
The title of the three-day event “Silent Conversation: From Margins to the Centre” will be inaugurated by the President of India Droupadi Murmu in the presence of Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav.
NTCA along with the Sankala Foundation through this art exhibition is paying tribute to the successful completion of 50 years of Project Tiger.
Project Tiger is a wildlife conservation initiative in India that was launched in 1973 with the primary objective of protecting and preserving the Bengal Tiger.
As per the latest census data tiger population in the country stood at 3,167, which is a 6.74% increase in tiger numbers since 2018.
Over the years, the number of Tiger Reserves has increased, and there are now 54 reserves across the country.
“An essential aspect of Project Tiger is involving local communities in conservation efforts by providing livelihood opportunities and reducing human-wildlife conflicts,” said the statement.
The art exhibition will showcase the unique relationship between tribal communities and other forest dwellers residing around India’s tiger reserves and their deep-rooted connection with the forest and wildlife.
The artwork displayed will be in the form of paintings and reflect the age-old bonds of various tribal communities such as the Gond, Bhil, and many others.
The paintings will be available for purchase, with the proceeds flowing directly into the bank accounts of the artists.
“Throughout the exhibition, not only will these diverse art forms be on display, but numerous tribal artists will also travel to Delhi and be present at the event, providing visitors and art enthusiasts with an opportunity for direct interaction,” said the statement.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) was established in 2006. It has been at the forefront of tiger conservation work in India.
The exhibition is being organised jointly by NTCA and the Sankala Foundation and will be the first in a series of such exhibitions in different Indian cities and across the globe.