In this one of its kind attempt Empowerment and VAST Bhutan brought 27 young artists for a week long art camp to share, learn and create in Thimpu, Bhutan. The core motto of this program was to strengthen the cultural relations between India and Bhutan through the medium of art which was organized from 23rd to 29th of December 2013. The program was sponsored by India-Bhutan Foundation.
Artists were exposed to the many facets of Bhutanese popular culture and were inspired to discuss and share cultural nuances of their native place India. During their stay they toured the City with its marvelous Dzongs, Dochula Pass, Changankha Lakhang, Buddha Point, Takin Preserve and other places. Artists enthusiastically drew sketches and painted at the sites and studied the nuances of the monuments and tried to gain a deeper perspective on the cultural significance they hold and the related historical aspects.
The artists did debates about the fork mix contemporary arts conducted by guest artists Mr. Rajesh Choden and Mr. Sukhbir Biswa. Mr. Asha Kama gave an orientation and introduction to all the participants. On the concluding day an exhibition showcasing the paintings done by the students was put up for viewing. H.E. High Commissioner of India Mr. Haran graced the occasion with his kind presence and inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition was followed by cultural performances by the students.