Jalandhar, March 8, 2021: The Inaugural Ceremony of the Exhibition at Virsa Vihar organised by Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar in collaboration with Virsa Vihar took place with great gust on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Ms. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, IAS, Hon’ble Commissioner, Jalandhar Division was the Chief Guest for the day. 40 women artists’ work was put on display in the exhibition who showed their expertise in the field of Paintings, Sculptures, Murals, Photographs, Tapestries, Terracotta.
College Principal, Dr. Neerja Dhingra, warmly welcomed the Chief Guest & all the women artists and put forth that Apeejay has always been the firm supporter of Art. She also added that from the very establishment of society, women have been the source and inspiration of art. In this Exhibition too, we saw the perception of women through their art pieces.
On this occasion, Dr. Sucharita Sharma, Director, Apeejay Education put forth that at every step of life, a woman plays an incredible & significant role and when she will be the recipient of equal opportunities and the deserved honour, she will, without doubt, touch the sky and with this, not only the women but the entire society will rise and develop. She expressed her pleasure at the presence of the Chief Guest, artists, and Major General Balwinder Singh, Vice Chairman, Virsa Vihar.
Hon’ble Commissioner, Ms. Gurpreet Kaur, IAS expressed her pleasure for being among such artists. She also put forth that the sky is the limit for women and every woman should get the equal opportunity to rise and shine and to shine one needs to be clear about their goal to achieve. She wished all the artists and the women best wishes.
Ms. Gurpreet Kaur, Dr. Neerja Dhingra, and Dr. Sucharita Sharma honoured 10 women – Ms. Surjeet Kaur, Ms. Sadhna Sagar, Dr. Jeevan Kumari, Ms. Reena Bhatnagar, Ms. Richa Sharma, Ms. Laveena Rajput, and Ms. Priya Arora for their respective work and College Principal, Dr. Neerja Dhingra, honoured Dr. Sucharita Sharma for preserving and supporting art and her humongous contribution for taking the College at this height which today lists among one of the top institutions of North India and Ms. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra for carrying forward the welfare programmes and policies of Punjab Government to safeguard the interests of the weaker and underprivileged sections of the society.
During the inaugural ceremony, the students of Dr. Amita Mishra and Dr. Vivek Verma sang a group song on the beauty and strength of women.
Dr. Sunit Kaur, Head of the Department of English did the anchoring and ran the show very smoothly. Dr. Neerja Dhingra appreciated the efforts of Mr. Anil Gupta, Overall In-charge, Mr. Basudev Biswas from Department of Sculpture, and Dr. Manisha Sharma, Dean – Functions, for successfully inaugurating the Exhibition.