On International Women’s Day, the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) organised a pan India exhibition for its artists and entrepreneurs under central and regional AWWA.
From being a pillar of strength to her husband, loving mother to her kids, a companion to her friends and a professional, one has seen Army wives step into myriad roles. On Tuesday, 50 Army wives at Kolkata and Ranchi showcased their art and entrepreneurial skills thereby revealing their creative talents.
The event was organised at Academy of Fine Arts and Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata from 12 noon till 8pm. It was inaugurated by Mrs Reena Dewan, director of Kolkata Centre for Creativity (KCC). Army wives with exemplary creativity exhibited a range of arts – Mandela, Zentangle, Acrylic painting, Pencil sketches, fabric art, Madhubani, water colour, canvas paintings and many more. Other than artistic work, a variety of handmade craft items were also showcased. They included handmade resin products, decoupage, alcohol inks, mixed media, handbags, embroidery works, jewellery and artefacts.
“Onlookers across ages, who came to witness the exhibition were truly amazed and mesmerized,” an Eastern Command spokesperson said. “Army Wives Welfare Association is a NGO started in 1966 to work for the general welfare of the spouse and the dependent family members of the serving and the retired personnel of the Indian Army of all ranks, including the widows of the personnel of the Indian Army,” he said. Over the years, AWWA has undertaken a number of community outreach programmes for underprivileged civilians as well.