Where Colours Speak………
Saradadevi Chitrashala, one of the reputed Art Galleries of Tripura, manifests the creative impulse of the Vidyalaya students and teachers; the gallery where students speak with charcoal and acrylic, express with colours, chant with brush and tell stories on canvas; the gallery which offers the scope to peep into the insight of the budding artists of the Vidyalaya.
Saradadevi Chitrashala, which houses the colorful spirit of the Vidyalaya, was inaugurated in the year 2002 with the blessings of Sri Ramakrishna. Since then it has been hosting theme or subject based Annual Art-Exhibition which now has bloomed as a rich tradition of the Vidyalaya under the care of students and teachers, particularly Art and Craft teacher, Gopikananda Chattopadhyay. The tradition, however, had its inception on 23rd January, 1994 – the Golden Jubilee year of India’s Republic Day, under the able guidance of Srimat Swami Sumedhanandaji Maharaj, the then Secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Tripura. Today, with the ceaseless assistance and ingenious inspiration of the successive monastic members who came to serve the Institution, this rich tradition is streaming brightly like a living heritage of the Vidyalaya.
Saradadevi Chitrashala, the pride of the Vidyalaya, showcases not only more than 150 paintings and sketches of the present and pass-out students in water- color, poster-colour, oil, acrylic and pencil but is also preserving the old and new art-works with utmost care and love. This highly appreciated Art-Gallery presents itself as the canvas – the landscape of the creative mind.
Saradadevi Chitrashala, where canvas hums and sculptures dance, reveals how earnestly co-curricular activities are being handled by the Vidyalay to bring out the latent talents of the students, giving them the scope not only to express themselves on canvas but also to leave an indelible mind-print in their alma mater.
Saradadevi Chitrashala is open for the students and visitors throughout the year during the school hours. Till date it has hosted 15 Annual Art-Exhibitions on several themes and subjects. Year-wise theme and subjects are listed below-
|The Creative Impulse||2008-2009|
|Apu - Sekal O Ekal||2014-2015|
|The Radiant Time Line||2016-2017|
|Nivedita - The soul of India||2017-2018|
NOTABLE AWARDS -
Visa Olympics of the Imagination Art Competition:
Visa International, a worldwide sponsor of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games held at Nagano, Japan in February 1998, organized an art competition named ‘Visa Olympics of the Imagination Art Competition’, where Somnath Choudhury of our Vidyalaya received a Certificate of Honour.
World Children’s Art Exhibition:
In the year 2000, ‘Kinder Kunst Museum’ of Berlin, Germany organized an art competition to select paintings for the ‘World Children’s Art Exhibition’ from around the globe. In the exhibition, six individual paintings of Aparajit Sengupta, Lincoln Murasing, Somnath Choudhury, Srijon Chatterjee, Paritosh Debbarma and Tirthankar Gupta of our Vidyalaya earned the rare opportunity to radiate the aroma in colours.
Kshitij Ratna Award:
‘Kshitij Society’, which is formed to promote art by organizing exhibitions of paintings, greeting cards, cartoon at national & international level, has organized 7 successful All India & 18 International Child Art Exhibitions till 2016. Our Vidyalaya students under the guidance of Gopikananada Chattopadhyay, art and craft teacher, participated in different categories of the competition for three consecutive years and bagged appreciations and awards. Following is the summary of our achievement.
|Year - 2003|
|Painting||6 Gold, 2 Silver Medals|
|Year - 2004|
|Painting||3 Gold, 4 Silver Medals|
|Greeting Card Designing||1 Gold, 2 Silver Medals|
|Cartoon Sketching||1 Gold|
|Year - 2005|
|Painting||4 Gold, 2 Silver Medals|
|Greeting Card Designing||3 Gold, 4 Silver Medals|
|Cartoon Sketching||4 Gold, 2 Silver Medals|
It’s worth mentioning that the then Principal Swami Purnatmanandaji and the organizer teacher Gopikananda Chattopadhyay won the Best Principal and the Best Teacher award respectively for these three consecutive years.
National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement, 2007
In 2007, The Ministry of Women & Child Development, New Delhi, Govt. of India honoured Master Debojyoti Sengupta, a class VII student of our Vidyalaya with ‘National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement, 2007’ for his exceptional ability in the field of Art & Academics. He received the Certificate of Honour on 5th February, 2009 in New Delhi from Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the then UPA Chairperson.
In 2009, ‘All India Drawing and Hand-Writing Contest’ conducted by ‘Akhil Bharatiya Nagarik Vikash Kendra’ (All India Citizens Development Centre), Aurangabad, six participants from our school namely, Swapnil Sen, Soumyadeep Nandi, Shubharaj Pal, Rohan Chakraborty, Soumyaroop Nath and Kaustav Roy Choudhuri won the Kalaratna Award.
The organizer honoured the then Principal Swami Purnatmanandaji, the organizer teacher Gopikananda Chattopadhyay and the Vidyalaya with the best Principal, the best teacher and the best school awards respectively for the commendable performance of the students.
All India Drawing Competition:
Debajyoti Sengupta, Ranamay Saha, and Kaustav Roy Choudhuri were adjudged the first, second and third in the All India Drawing Competition organized by Chennai Ramakrishna Math on National Youth Day, 12 January, 2010.