The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) of the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, in collaboration with the Sankala Foundation, will host an art exhibition titled “Silent Conversation: From Margins to the Centre” from November 3rd to November 5th, 2023, at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The Hon’ble President of India, SmtDroupadiMurmu, will be the chief guest for the inauguration event, which will take place on November 3, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.Shri Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Arjun Munda, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, and Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, will also be present.
The NTCA, in collaboration with the Sankala Foundation, is commemorating Project Tiger’s 50th anniversary with this art exhibition. Project Tiger is an Indian wildlife conservation program that began in 1973 with the primary goal of safeguarding and preserving the Bengal Tiger, India’s national animal, as well as rebuilding its habitat in order to reverse the animal’s catastrophic decrease during the preceding decades. The project focuses on the identification and protection of sites that are specifically maintained to protect the tiger population and its associated ecosystems. The number of Tiger Reserves has grown throughout time, and there are presently 54 reserves spread around the country. Project Tiger’s involvement of local communities in conservation efforts by offering livelihood options is critical.
National Tiger Conservation Authority
The art exhibition will highlight the distinct connections between tribal people and other forest residents living near India’s tiger reserves, as well as their deep connection with the forest and wildlife, as expressed through their artwork. The paintings on show will highlight the age-old bonds of many tribal societies like as the Gond, Bhil, and many others.
The paintings will be available for purchase, with the money going directly into the artists’ bank accounts. Not only will these various art forms be on show throughout the exhibition, but numerous tribal artists will also travel to Delhi and be present at the event, offering visitors and art enthusiasts with an opportunity for direct connection.
In 2006, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) was founded. It has been at the vanguard of India’s tiger conservation efforts. The NTCA’s work domain extends from on-the-ground protection initiatives to science-based monitoring of tigers and their habitat using cutting-edge technological tools, independent assessment of tiger reserves, financial and technical support to tiger reserves, creating inviolate space for wildlife while ensuring community development, and international cooperation. The show, co-organized by NTCA and the Sankala Foundation, will be the first in a series of such exhibitions in various Indian cities and around the world.