The Purushottam Public Trust Scholarships
As an important form of Contemporary and Modern Art, Graphic Printmaking is unique and exhaustive, expensive and laborious to practice. The Purushottam Annual Merit Award for Printmaking encourages artists to continue this art form through monetary support as well as offering a platform for them to showcase their work. We hope to play a small role by helping talented budding artists, especially print-makers. The core objective is to provide initial momentum to a deserving artist as he/she leaves the cocooned existence of a university and embarks on a professional journey.
One of the main initiatives of the Trust is, therefore, to offer scholarships to new talent in the filed of print making, and we offer scholarships and a platform for exposure to them.
In alignment with this, every year, since 2014, the Purushottam Public Trust has awarded an annual merit award to a student in the field of print-making.
This is executed under the aegis of the Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and the Head of the Department of Graphics at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat - the premier institution of contemporary Indian art in the country. This annual merit award is conferred on the student securing highest marks in the final examinations of the Graphic Arts Course (Practical). The awardee receives a monetary award of Rupees One Lac, as well as the opportunity to showcase his/her works at the end of the year at a premier art gallery in Vadodara.
The Purshottam Public Trust awarded its Annual Merit Scholarship for the year 2018 to Ketaki Sarpotdar.
Artist and print-maker, Ketaki graduated from the L. S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, before going on to pursue a masters in visual arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. She has participated in a numerous exhibitions and group shows, including the India Art Fair (2019) and the Bombay Society of Art exhibition (2018). Ketaki has also participated in the Lalit Kala Print Making Biennale in New Delhi (2018) and the Print Making Biennale in Romania (2018).
Her works "interrogate the human ability to rationalize lived experiences. She ponders over the idea of the ultimate ‘Right’ ‘and Truth’. The general perception of ‘Right’ is sometimes projected as the opposite, and hence she chooses to place herself at the thin layer between the binaries, as an observer of the drama being played out. The personified forms of turtles, donkeys, lions and many others enact the idea of ‘sensible’ human beings, questioning identities and perceptions of the self. Ketaki’s works are inspired by traditions of fables, folktales, and narratives from around the world. The visual imageries she makes are a result of dialogues between her day to day experiences and her perspectives. Present between the binaries as an artist, she actively engages in the process of actions and reactions, not attempting to provide any solutions or preach any morals, but rather, pose questions about the nature of reality itself".
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