Artist threatens to burn her paintings at Akademi

Apparently fed up with the administration of premier fine art institution Lalit Kala Akademi, an Indore-based artist threatened to burn her artwork inside its premises on Ferozshah Road on Thursday.

Shashi Bharti, who had 26 paintings on display as part of ‘Scream in Solitude’ exhibition at gallery number six since Monday, said she pulled them out after the autonomous body’s administration misbehaved with her.

The exhibition was meant to conclude on Sunday. According to her, the air conditioner in the auditorium was non-functional ever since the exhibition started.

Complaint ignored

When she complained to the authorities, they ignored her complaint and asked her to bear with the situation.

“I approached the authorities many times saying the air conditioner should be repaired, but they did not pay attention to it. They just kept saying ‘we will repair’, but they did not,” Shashi said.
On Thursday, she said she lost her temper and pulled out all the artworks.

“Seeing this, the manager of Lalit Kala Akademi spoke to me rudely. He stopped only after I threatened him to lodge a police complaint,” she added.

Letter to ministry

She further said she will write a letter to Union ministry of culture to complain about her ordeal at the institution, which is meant to promote, spread and develop Indian fine art culture.

“This is a dream place for artists, but what they are doing with artists is very bad. Nobody has the right to misbehave with a woman,” she said.

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