Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021 – World’s Best Indian Folk Artist

Information For Entry & Contest Guidelines

Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021 (लोक कला रत्न पुरस्कार) for world’s best Indian folk artist

After the successful hosting of International Children’s Art Competition, Young Indian Folk Artist 2021, International Indian Folk Art Gallery (IIFAG) continues its pursuit to identify hidden & gifted talent to revive Indian Folk Art and Artists around the world.

LOK KALA RATNA AWARD 2021

IIFAG invites applications for the selection of Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, for world’s best Indian folk artist for the year 2021

Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, is an Annual International Indian Folk Art competition and Online exhibition for all Indian Folk Artists and presented by IIFAG Australia. The competition is open to all citizens of the world.

₹280,000 TOTAL PRIZE MONEY (ACQUISITIVE PRIZE)

Indian Folk Artist will be competing in any of the below five Indian Folk Art Categories, these includes folk arts from the five regions of India, such as North, East, South, West and Central region. Please see list of suggested Indian Folk Arts in the below section

IIFAG is inviting children, amateur and professional artist to participate in the five categories of Indian Folk Arts. To register and submit, Click here

ENTRY FEES:

₹600 for First Artwork, ₹275 for second artwork

From each artist group, one winner will be selected from each of these five categories. Further, the highest ranking artist in the competition from each artist group will be awarded “Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021”. All winners will receive a cash prize, along with a certificate of recognition, free personal online gallery as “featured artist“.

INDIAN FOLK ART CATEGORIES

  1. Indian Folk Art – Southern region
  2. Indian Folk Art – Northern region
  3. Indian Folk Art – Central region
  4. Indian Folk Art – Eastern region
  5. Indian Folk Art – Western region

ARTIST GROUPS

  1. Group A: Children’s group: Age 12 and below
  2. Group B: Children’s group: Age 13 and 18
  3. Group C: Amateur Artist
  4. Group D: Professional Artist

Enrolment for Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, International Indian Folk Art competition will be open from 15th August to 30th September 2021. Winners will be announced on 14th Nov 2021

CASH PRIZES (ACQUISITIVE PRIZE)

Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021 will be awarded to one artist from each Artist Group.  Winners will be selected based on the highest competition score, from both Judges and Public voting process. Meet the panel of judges

  1. Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, Group A (Cash Prize ₹ 10,000)
  2. Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, Group B (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
  3. Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, Group C (Cash Prize ₹ 25,000)
  4. Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, Group D (Cash Prize ₹ 30,000)

IN ADDITION TWENTY (20) WINNERS WILL RECEIVE CASH PRIZES IN FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

Group A
  1. Indian Folk Art, Southern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
  2. Indian Folk Art, Northern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
  3. Indian Folk Art, Central Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
  4. Indian Folk Art, Eastern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
  5. Indian Folk Art, Western Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
Group B
  1. Indian Folk Art, Southern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
  2. Indian Folk Art, Northern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
  3. Indian Folk Art, Central Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
  4. Indian Folk Art, Eastern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
  5. Indian Folk Art, Western Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
Group C
  1. Indian Folk Art, Southern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
  2. Indian Folk Art, Northern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
  3. Indian Folk Art, Central Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
  4. Indian Folk Art, Eastern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
  5. Indian Folk Art, Western Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
Group D
  1. Indian Folk Art, Southern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
  2. Indian Folk Art, Northern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
  3. Indian Folk Art, Central Style (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
  4. Indian Folk Art, Eastern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
  5. Indian Folk Art, Western Style (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)

By engaging all children, young adults, amateur and professional artists in Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021 competition, we can expect even higher quality of paintings for the public to enjoy this year.

All the very best to all participating artists,

Sincerely,

Senthil Vel

Founder – International Indian Folk Art Gallery

1. Artwork Submission

  1. Each artwork submitted must follow the unique styles, methodology, and theme of traditional Indian Folk Art.
  2. In order to qualify for a winning prize in each artist group, there must be a minimum of ten artists in that category.
  3. All entrants and entrant’s parents/guardian for Children, are responsible to ensure the artwork is produced by the entrant and does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of the third party. The entrant indemnifies the organisers (IIFAG) against any loss resulting from a breach of these copyright violations.
  4. All submitted artwork must be completed in full.
  5. To validate the authenticity, all artists are required to record a minimum of 2-minute continuous video during the creation of artwork (For drawing and colouring process). All shortlisted finalists will be required to submit their videos, should the artist fail to submit the video, IIFAG reserves the right to disqualify the artwork.
  6. All artworks must be recent and not have been created prior to 1st August 2021.
    1. Recommended size, A3 or A2 or A1
    2. Medium: Any
  7. All artworks must be signed, dated and clearly labelled with
    1. The artist’s name,
    2. contact details,
    3. Size of the painting in centimeters.
    4. Approx. weight in grams (including packing)
  8. The entrant must be the owner of the artwork and it must be available for acquisition in order to meet the requirement of the acquisitive prize.
  9. Artist can submit up to five artworks, but no more than one will be selected for the final prize
  10. Once submitted, no changes can be made to the artwork. Should any changes be made after submission, IIFAG reserves the right to disqualify the artwork
  11. All artworks should reach the IIFAG, in Australia or India office address for verification before 15th October, 2021. IIFAG reserves the right to disqualify the artworks, if they are not received by due date.
  12. Artworks shortlisted for the final exhibition must be available for loan between 2021 and mid 2022, to display at nominated exhibition centers hosted by IIFAG. Delivery and collection of the artwork will be the responsibility of the entrant. Artwork that are not shortlisted can be collected from IIFAG offices
  13. As a finalist and winner, you grant IIFAG a fee-free, non-exclusive license to reproduce the artwork as necessary to publish or communicate it to the public
  14. Artworks may be offered for sale and will be recorded in a price list, the proceeds of the sale will go back to the Artist, less tax and commissions.
  15. When selling online, entrant may choose a list price for each artwork, including taxes and IIFAG’s commission of 10% + 3% bank transaction charges
  16. If the artwork is sold offline via gallery, the commission will depend on the gallery. The details will be provided to all “finalists” by email to help price their artwork accordingly.
  17. The entrant’s parents/guardian on the behalf of Artist accepts to IndianFolkArt.Org
    1. Terms and Conditions
    2. Terms of Use and Disclaimer
    3. and Privacy Policies

2. Shortlisting Process

  1. A panel of judges will shortlist entrants for the final exhibition based on technical scoring. This will be followed by public voting/scoring through IndianFolkArt.Org online portal.
  2. The selection criteria for judges will include the following
    1. Beauty in art
    2. Originality and Uniqueness
    3. Skill and technique (Use of traditional methods as closely as possible)
    4. Inherent meaning explained in the write-up
    5. Full filled intent of the theme
  3. Based on the overall scoring, Finalist and winners will be selected by the panel of judges
  4. All entrants will be notified as to the shortlisting outcome by email and through IndianFolkArt.Org online portal. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into with IIFAG
  5. Shortlisted entrants will be required to complete and sign a loan agreement form, as part of accepting into the final exhibition
  6. The panel of judges has the right to exclude any artwork which it considers as defamatory or likely to cause offence or do not meet shortlisting criteria.
  7. Shortlisted winners should make themselves (or nominate a representative) and the artwork available for promotion of the prize, at the invitation of IIFAG

3. Exhibition of shortlisted and finalist

  1. Artworks shortlisted for the exhibition must be presented professionally, without any dirt or contamination
  2. Acquisitive prize recipients will agree to transfer full ownership of the artwork (excluding copyright) to IIFAG at no costs, to be housed and presented at IndianFolkArt.Org. The prize recipient will continue to retain all copyright in the artwork
  3. Placement of Artwork in the exhibition will be the decision of IIFAG
  4. IIFAG will be responsible for insuring the artwork during the agreed loan period for the artwork value nominated on the entry form
  5. Artwork may be offered for sale via  IndianFolkArt.Org online portal based on entrants list price or higher
Who can apply?
  1. Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021 is open to all artist of the world, children, young adults, amateur and professional artists.
  2. For Group A and B, The artist age will be calculated as of 1st August 2021
  3. Professional artist must provide evidence of their business or government issued Artisan ID card.
  4. Must comply with conditions of entry
Key dates
  • Submissions open: 15th August 2021
  • Submissions close: 30th September 2021
  • Qualification of entries closes: 6th October 2021
  • Submission of physical artworks: 15th October 2021
  • Technical judging closes: 25th Oct 2021
  • Public voting closes: 1st Nov 2021
  • Winners notified: 14th Nov 2021
  • Exhibition live to the public on 14th Nov 2021
Entry fees
  • Non-refundable, $A10 (₹ 600.00) per artwork, payable online via PayTM (Indian Artist) or Stripe, outside Indian using Credit/Debit card
  • For additional artwork $A5 (₹ 275.00) per artwork, with a maximum of 5 artworks allowed.

 

Qualification process
  • All qualified submissions will be assessed by both, a panel of judges and via an online public voting system. Finalist and award recipients will be announced during the final online exhibition.

Suggested Indian Folk Art Categories for submission

Southern Styles
  1. Cheriyal Scroll Painting
  2. Kalamkari Painting
  3. Kerala Mural Painting
  4. Tanjore Painting
Western Styles
  1. Warli Painting
  2. Kutch Lippan Art
  3. Mata Ni Pachedi
  4. Chitrakathi Painting
Northern Styles
  1. Pichwai Painting
  2. Mandana Painting
  3. Miniature Painting
  4. Phad Painting
Central Styles
  1. Gond Painting
  2. Bhil Painting
  3. Pithora Painting
  4. Sanjhi Art
Eastern Styles
  1. Madhubani Painting
  2. Pattachitra Painting
  3. Saura Art
  4. Kalighat Painting

56 comments on “Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021 – World’s Best Indian Folk Artist

Please include Sattriya Paintings of Assam in Eastern Style.

Hi Mridu, Thanks for your feedback. We’ll certainly consider your input.

Hi, I have some questions regarding the submission process for the artworks. Are we to submit the physical copies to the India address? If so, what is the deadline for 31 August. Please do email me if possible as I would like to find out more about this.

Artworks should reach our office in India or Australia for verification before 15th October. Address will be provided to all artists who have enrolled in the competition.
Other Key Dates
Submissions open: 15th August 2021
Submissions close: 30th September 2021
Qualification of entries closes: 6th October 2021
Technical judging closes: 25th Oct 2021
Public voting closes: 1st Nov 2021
Winners notified: 14th Nov 2021
Exhibition live to the public on 14th Nov 2021

Sir,
You mentioned that physical artworks to be submitted before 15th october,2021.
As the key dates provided by you,
Above date of 15th october,2021 for physical submission also to be included to make it more clear.

Just a suggestion to avoid confusion.

Dear Dilip Ji,
Very good point, we have updated physical artwork submission dates as part of key dates. Thank you so much.
Senthil

Amazing opportunity for all artist

Thank you so much Vijaya Ji

One clarification needed. It is mentioned that the artist can compete and submit artworks related to any one category of folk art styles of the region’s mentioned by you.
If any artist want to submit artworks of different regions say Warli, Madhubani, Gond, Kalamkari which belongs to different regions, whether it will be allowed?

Dear Dilip Ji,

Thanks for your question. Yes, artist can can submit artwork from multiple folk categories.

Senthil

Thanks for the clarification sir.

Hi

Hi Dr.
How can we help you? Please advise.

– Senthil

Hello ,sir
Sir 5 categories me total 20 folk art painting hote he , me ye puchna chahti hu ki ye jo feeshe vo 600/- ye ek painting ki he to baki painting ki nahi dena he ki hoga 20 painting ki please tell me

Namaste,
Yes, 20 folk art categories se koi bhi aik (one) select kar sakte he aap. Maximum five paintings, kisi bi category se. Koi restrictions nahi he.

Hi
Firm asks to submit the details and artwork.. I want to submit fresh work in that case do I need to finish then filling the form or it can be filled beforehand.
Please guide
Thanks
Simmi

Hi Simmi, You can complete your artwork and then complete the registration. The deadline for all artwork submissions is 30th Sep, 2021.

Hi sir,
Just wanted to clarify that, if one artwork contains a fusion of two different categories say madhubani and mandala would that be under consideration for the submission process.

Hi Sumita Ji,

We are encouraging pure Indian Folk Art, the closer to traditional method is likely to get higher score.

Trust this helps

Senthil

That means no fusion of arts would be encouraged.. Thanks for the clarification

Only shortlisted artwork are to be submitted or all the artists have to submit artwork at the time of application?

Hi Beena,
Thanks for your enquiry.

All artworks needs to be uploaded online before 30th Sep, 2021. However, only qualified artists will be contacted and asked to send their artwork to our office, either in Chennai, India or Melbourne, Australia.

Best wishes,

Senthil

मैं मिनेचर स्टाइल में पेंटिंग बनाई है तों में लोक कला रतन में भाग ले सकता हूं में गुजरात से आणद से हूं

हां, मिनिएचर पेंटिंग सबमिट की जा सकती है

Hi, I’m Irfana painting artist I want to participate I live in lucknow is there 600 reps fees for everyone

Hi,
Irfana Painting is not included this year, suggest you review the categories included and apply accordingly. Yes, Rs.600 applies to everyone.
Thank you,

Admin

how should I get the address of Indian office to post my painting. And how the painting should be post. what is the date of posting it?

Hi Supriya,

Once all artworks are received by 30th Sep. The ones that don’t comply to competition guidelines, They will be disqualified. All the qualified artists will be required to send their artwork to our office in Chennai (or Melbourne, Australia). We will advise the address to qualified artist by email. Artist will get enough notice to send their artwork.

Trust this helps,

Senthil

and what does qualification of entry closes : 6 oct mean?

Hi Supriya,

Once all artworks are received, the ones that don’t comply to competition guidelines, They will be disqualified. All the qualified artists will be required to send their artwork to our office in Chennai (or Melbourne, Australia)

Trust this helps,

Senthil

should artwork be made on paper? and if it is paper then which type of paper should be used ?

Hello Supriya,

Artwork can be on paper or canvas of your choice. The recommended sizes are A3, A2 and A1

Trust this helps,

Senthil

if I want to make warli art,, can I make more than one warli art or not?

Hi Supriya,

Yes, you can submit more than one art from the same or another category. Maximum allowed is five.

Thank you,

Senthil

How am I suppose to pay the registration fee ?

Hi Sabhya, Thanks for your enquiry. Once you have uploaded the artwork, you can check out using credit/debit card, PayPal. And if you are in India, you can use PayTM, Google Pay etc.,

If you need any assistance, please WhatsApp +61414297179.

best wishes

Senthil

Hi, Currently doing the artwork in handmade paper. Can I submit the artwork as such or do I need to frame it?

Hi Hemalatha, You are not required to frame it. All qualified artworks will need to be sent to our office in Chennai. Artists will be advised accordingly.
Best wishes,
Senthil

Thanks Senthil

Sir I am 37 year old and simple house working girl I love to paint warli painting I want to know can I also submit my paintings to these competition

Hi Madhuri,
Yes, you can submit your artwork. The deadline is 30th Sep-21.
All the very best
Senthil

Hello mam
Maine and hi registertion fill keya Hai
Payment bhi keya Hai
Please confirm

Hi Meenakshi,
Thanks for submitting your artwork.
We confirm receipt of registration fees. Please check your email, you should have received a receipt for payment. All the very best.
Regards, Rathna Senthil

I have submitted my artwork but did not find any video updation. Could you please clarify

Hi Jayasri,
Thanks for submitting the artwork. The next step, we will be requesting all the qualified artworks to be mailed/shipped to our office in Chennai. Following that, the finalist will be required to submit their video as evidence. We will contact the artists by email and assist with the process. Please look out for email next week.
Best wishes
Senthil

Do we have any time today by which we should submit?

Hi Tejaswini,
We will accommodate US participants, 30th Sep midnight. So if you are in India, you have until 1st Oct, noon time. Hope this helps,

Thanks. It helps.

Hello sir, can you tell where to vote?

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Ilovr this panting

Iam voting for this panting

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