Shekhar Chandra Joshi

(b. 1961) he did Diploma in Art Masters Training (A.M.T.), Masters in Art (M.A.), Ph. D. and D.Lit. He has an excellent academic career with gold medal in PG and the highest degree of D. Lit earned in the subject. Dr. Joshi is both a practicing artist of high stature and competence and an art connoisseur. His paintings have been exhibited and collected in India and abroad including France, Australia, Korea, and Canada etc. His research contribution and art published in national and international journals of academic repute including the newspapers and magazines.

He is the recipient of prestigious International fellowship of Korea Foundation, Seoul where he worked for six months; several Research Grants of the University Grants Commission, Department of Culture, Government of India. He attended conferences personally and presented his papers on art and culture from time to time in Vienna University, Austria; RMIT University, Melborne; University of Toronto etc.

His published books are entitled ‘Art And Communication’, ‘Adhunik Chitrakala Ka Itihas’, ‘Kala ke Sidhhant avem Chitrakala ke Rang’ , ‘Korea ki Kala’, ‘Importance of Art’; reviews and monographs on ‘Fantasy of Raga’, Hoard Holy and Heritage, ‘AIAA’ and UAWA Exhibitions etc. to his credit. Besides, he has written articles and research papers for various magazines and research journals few of which have been translated and published in Russian and other languages. He has also been performing for the radio and T.V. He was honored by ‘Agnipath Kala Rattan Samman’, Uttaranchal Kala Samman, and awards of ‘Mohan Upreti Lok Sanskriti Kala’ and Snehil etc.

He was Dean, Faculty of Visual Art; Head, Department of Drawing & Painting of Kumaon University, Proctor and Senior Programme Officer NSS of Kumaun University Soban Singh Jina Campus, Almora, Uttarakhand, India where Dr. Joshi is presently working as Professor. He is also an editor of International Journal of Visual Arts Studies and Communication (IJVASC).

Phone: +5962-230720, Mob: +9719332735 e-mail> [email protected]

Proposal for Indian Visual / Art History Congress
Topic: Conference on Tribal Arts
Venue: Drawing & Painting Department, Kumaun University, SSJ Campus, Almora, Uttarakhand
Date: October 4-6, 2015
Convener: Shekhar Chandra Joshi, Prof. of Drg. & Ptg. Kumaun University, SSJ Campus Almora, Uttarakhand
Our Department is in the Kumaun University at SSJ Campus Almora, is situated in a beautiful hill area that is culturally sound district of Uttarakhand, India. We are dedicated to promote our art and culture across the country.
Being a part and member in the faculty of Kumaun University we wish to organize a seminar here in Almora Campus. This will reveal vivid aspects of Tribal Art history in India.
It will help to participants of the members of Indian Art History Congress including all the research scholars, faculties of Universities, academicians of the Institutions and Museums as well as maximum people who are working for the society and education.

Aim and Objective of Conference:
To reveal the bird eye view of current scenario of Tribal studies in the country especially in Uttarakhand.
To re-assess-search the condition of Indian Tribes in each walks of their life especially in the field of culture, humanities and fine arts.
To analysis the comprised study of artists, scholars and researchers about the Tribes in a single platform for the credit of Uttarakhand state.
To promote the scholar, researchers and artists who are working in the Tribal field with in and out of Uttarakhand.
Concept Note of Conference:
According to 2011 Census 104.28 million Tribes cover about 15% area of our country with its 8.61% population. In India, more than 700 Janjatiyan are registered residing in the thirty states of Indian Union including Andman Nikobar and Lakshydeep. Orissa is on top having 62 Janjatiyan while Sikkim is the lowest registering 4 Janjatiyan. Uttarakhand have five Janjatiyan. They are rich in cultural heritage and skilled in art and craft. They need special attention to develop their overall livelihood.
Beautiful artistic and crafts work are made by Indian tribes. There are a range of vivid tribal Handicrafts products developed by them time to time.
Tribal Museums of Manipur, Bhopal, Chhindwara, Koraput, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Delhi etc. have an extensive collection of crafts and artifacts used by them.
Ministry of Tribal Affairs is serious for their development. NTFP and TRIFED are working for their promotion. LKA New Delhi brought few publications of tribal art and craft. The first Tribal University in Amarkantak, India and its regional center at Manipur is committed to render its services in Teaching and Research. Tribal Research and Development Institute Bhopal, M.P. is also engaged in the field of tribal research.
Many NGO, artists, researchers and scholars are working on Tribes side by side. Those efforts should be bringing out with highlighting their work.
Nevertheless, there is a need to rethink and revaluate the past and present keeping in mind the work done on Tribal arts and crafts. There is also a consideration to provide them better prospective for future. However, it will help in everlasting data collection facilitating to researchers and scholars in each walk at one platform by organizing a national conference and its paper publications.
Tentative budget for Rs Four Lakh will be required request for the same has been dispatched to funding agencies like LKA New Delhi, IAHC Guwahati, Director Culture of Uttarakhand, ICHR New Delhi, IG Manav Sangrahalaya Bhopal including Vice Chancellor Kumaun University that is in the pipe line for their consideration. We would grateful to you for your support in this regard.
Finally, the aim of proposed conference as said already is to observe study and analyze the scattered forms and work of tribal arts and crafts in India including the awareness regarding sensitivity to tribal issues.
All the research scholars, faculties of Universities, academicians of the Institutions and Museums working in the field of Tribes or artists and researchers related to conference theme and its sub theme would participate.
Following will be the sub theme of the conference.

Sub-theme of Conference:
i. Tribal Arts and Crafts of Indian States
ii. Art of Tribal Political Science and Human Right
iii. Tribal Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology
iv. Tribes, Trade and Art of its Social and Work
v. Tribal Arts and Crafts in Studies and Education
vi. Arts and Crafts in the Global Tribal History
vii. Art of Tribal Medicine, Science and Environment
viii. Art of Tribal Entertainment


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