The cultural ties and bilateral trade growth between Canada and India is growing stronger by the day and it is important to realize the role art and culture plays in expanding the socio-economic balance of a country. The positives being that Canada–India relations are celebrated by the longstanding principles built upon a “mutual commitment to democracy”, “pluralism”, and “people-to-people links”.
An international project celebrating 150 years of Canada and 70 years of India’s Independence marked on August 15th, 2017 is being planned by way of a unique exhibit which will travel to India and back home to Canada – collecting culture stories through the creative process and travels.
The opening reception of the Canada 150 to India 70 Moving Mural will be held under the auspices of Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell and the Honourable Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly, the Honourable Mayor of Toronto John Tory and His Excellency Consul General of India Mr. Dinesh Bhatia on Thursday, August 17th at Arta Gallery, Distillery District- 14 Distillery Lane, Toronto, ON.
This 150 feet X 5 feet “Moving Mural” of canvas will tell the story of Canada from indigenous cultures to connection with India and the common traditions we share, over 70 panels of paintings, from three Canadian artists.
For a sense of what this exhibit will be, consider this- in just 3 of the painting panels there will be creation of Superman’s character to the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell from Insulin to Pablum, from Laura Secord to Hudson’s Bay Company, from Ice hockey to Basketball and last but not least from the Robertson Screwdriver to the Snowmobile – these are some of the things Canada has given to the world!
All are world-class Canadian inventors and inventions – we need to celebrate this everyday and across the country. And that is just the tip of the iceberg – wait till you see the remaining 67 panels of this “Moving Mural”!
The speeches from dignitaries on the event day will touch on broad topics such as economy, climate change, trade, cultural relations with a focus on the impact of art and culture and creative industries.
A cultural collage of these stories from members of the community over a series of interviews focussed on culture create and the importance of the “culture quotient” in our countries will be collated into a documentary. This educational and eye-opening film will be available via media channels and globally on social media to be etched permanently into Canadian history.
The Moving Mural is unique in that it is using visual art to fashion a symbolic essay in realistic and contemporary painting techniques. Anu Vittal will showcase her renowned abstract expressionist style with paintings evolving from emotions and expressions of culture and will used mixed media and collage in her painting panels. Liv Babra is an award-winning stone/wood sculptor as well as a realist visual artist who will portray a 3D effect of his vision on his mural pieces and Vishal Misra’s style is famous for abstract figurative so he will be painting figures and depicting the characters in history to the present day that shape the culture connect between Canada and India. These three artists who have come together on this project are Canadians of Indian origin, expressing their interpretation of the Indo-Canadian influences on their life’s journey thus far. – CINEWS
The exhibit schedule after the inaugural event in Toronto on August 17, 2017 is below:
Sept 14th Ottawa
Sept 16th Montreal
Oct 7th – New Delhi
Oct 14th – Mumbai
Nov 18th – Vancouver