Artist and photographer Mohammed Ayazuddin Patel from Gulbarga has been selected to participate in the fifth International Cultural-Artistic event to be held in the Greece-Kosovo-Balkan region from July 8 to 23 organised by the Municipality of Suhareka-Department of Culture, Kosovo and Greece. The event will include a workshop, exhibitions and an art camp.

The organiser will invite the Turkish embassy and consulate, the mayor of Suhareka-Kosovo, representative of Turkish banks and Kosovan, Albanian and Macedonian artists to attend the event.

Patel told Bangalore Mirror that this was a great opportunity to showcase his talent in the international arena, to improve his skill and acquire knowledge about techniques in art and culture. About 30 artists from the world, including around 10 from India, will attend this event. Patel is the only one from Karnataka to participate. As per invitation for the workshop, exhibition and art camp, Patel will travel across nine cities and countries, including Istanbul-Turkey, Thessaloniki-Greece, Suhareka-Kosovo, Budva-Montenegro, Mostar- Bosnia, Sarajevo-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dubrovnik-Croatia, Tirana-Albania, Ohrid and Kavala-Greece. He will also visit reputed museums, galleries, historical places and villages in the European countries.

Patel has previously attended art exhibitions and camps in London, Scotland, New Jersey, New York, Sharjah, Dubai and Bhutan. He is the recipient of National Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, award and Karnataka Lalithakala Academy fellowship and several awards from different organisations in India and abroad for his works.

“I will highlight India’s culture and tradition in contemporary style. The focus would also be on digital painting and offset art,” he said. His paintings often highlight the need to protect the country’s heritage and folk art.



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