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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
₹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
- Indian Folk Art – Southern region
- Indian Folk Art – Northern region
- Indian Folk Art – Central region
- Indian Folk Art – Eastern region
- Indian Folk Art – Western region
- Group A: Children’s group: Age 12 and below
- Group B: Children’s group: Age 13 and 18
- Group C: Amateur Artist
- 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
- Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, Group A (Cash Prize ₹ 10,000)
- Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, Group B (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
- Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, Group C (Cash Prize ₹ 25,000)
- Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021, Group D (Cash Prize ₹ 30,000)
IN ADDITION TWENTY (20) WINNERS WILL RECEIVE CASH PRIZES IN FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.
- Indian Folk Art, Southern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
- Indian Folk Art, Northern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
- Indian Folk Art, Central Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
- Indian Folk Art, Eastern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
- Indian Folk Art, Western Style (Cash Prize ₹ 5,000)
- Indian Folk Art, Southern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Northern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Central Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Eastern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Western Style (Cash Prize ₹ 7,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Southern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Northern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Central Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Eastern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Western Style (Cash Prize ₹ 12,500)
- Indian Folk Art, Southern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
- Indian Folk Art, Northern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
- Indian Folk Art, Central Style (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
- Indian Folk Art, Eastern Style (Cash Prize ₹ 15,000)
- 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,
Founder – International Indian Folk Art Gallery
1. Artwork Submission
- Each artwork submitted must follow the unique styles, methodology, and theme of traditional Indian Folk Art.
- In order to qualify for a winning prize in each artist group, there must be a minimum of ten artists in that category.
- 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.
- All submitted artwork must be completed in full.
- 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.
- All artworks must be recent and not have been created prior to 1st August 2021.
- Recommended size, A3 or A2 or A1
- Medium: Any
- All artworks must be signed, dated and clearly labelled with
- The artist’s name,
- contact details,
- Size of the painting in centimeters.
- Approx. weight in grams (including packing)
- 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.
- Artist can submit up to five artworks, but no more than one will be selected for the final prize
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Shortlisted and prize winning 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. For the prize winning artworks, the proceeds will go back to IIFAG.
- When selling online, entrant may choose a list price for each artwork, including taxes and IIFAG’s commission of 10% + 3% bank transaction charges
- 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.
- The entrant’s parents/guardian on the behalf of Artist accepts to IndianFolkArt.Org
2. Shortlisting Process
- 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.
- The selection criteria for judges will include the following
- Beauty in art
- Originality and Uniqueness
- Skill and technique (Use of traditional methods as closely as possible)
- Inherent meaning explained in the write-up
- Full filled intent of the theme
- Based on the overall scoring, Finalist and winners will be selected by the panel of judges
- 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
- Shortlisted entrants will be required to complete and sign a loan agreement form, as part of accepting into the final exhibition
- 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.
- 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
- Artworks shortlisted for the exhibition must be presented professionally, without any dirt or contamination
- 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
- Placement of Artwork in the exhibition will be the decision of IIFAG
- IIFAG will be responsible for insuring the artwork during the agreed loan period for the artwork value nominated on the entry form
- Artwork may be offered for sale via IndianFolkArt.Org online portal based on entrants list price or higher
Who can apply?
- Lok Kala Ratna Award 2021 is open to all artist of the world, children, young adults, amateur and professional artists.
- For Group A and B, The artist age will be calculated as of 1st August 2021
- Professional artist must provide evidence of their business or government issued Artisan ID card.
- Must comply with conditions of entry
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Cheriyal Scroll Painting
- Kalamkari Painting
- Kerala Mural Painting
- Tanjore Painting
- Warli Painting
- Kutch Lippan Art
- Mata Ni Pachedi
- Chitrakathi Painting
- Pichwai Painting
- Mandana Painting
- Miniature Painting
- Phad Painting
- Gond Painting
- Bhil Painting
- Pithora Painting
- Sanjhi Art
- Madhubani Painting
- Pattachitra Painting
- Saura Art
- Kalighat Painting