To highlight the UN Secretary-General’s TOGETHER campaign,


United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan


in collaboration with National progressive Schools Conference

and RPR Gallery







2 – 7 April 2017, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries,

Rabindra Bhavan, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi



An exhibition of prints by veteran artist SHYAM SHARMA

Inspired by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi


along with UN panel displays and film screenings


REMEMBER SLAVERY: Recognizing the Legacy and Contributions of people of African Descent


THE STATE OF DECEPTION: The Power of Nazi Propaganda








Many people are victims of intolerance and suspicions that may not appear in statistics – but degrade people’s dignity and our common humanity. In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats. 

We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as “the other”. 


Discrimination diminishes us all.  It prevents people – and societies – from achieving their full potential.

Let us draw strength from the values of inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding that are at the heart of all major faiths and the United Nations Charter. 

People everywhere need to feel that their cultural identities are valued – and at the same time to have a strong sense of belonging to the community as a whole. As societies become ever more multi-ethnic and multi-religious, we need political, cultural and economic investments in cohesion, so that diversity is rightly seen as a richness, not a threat.

The United Nations is launching an effort to promote respect, safety and dignity for all.  We call it the TOGETHER campaign. 

Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights.
Together, let us build bridges.
Together, let us transform fear into hope.  


— United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres 




An exhibition of prints by artist SHYAM SHARMA

Inspired by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi




Printmaking has been integral to India’s art tradition and several renowned painters especially from Bengal have made seminal contribution to the art of printmaking and works like Nandlal Bose’s leno cut “Bapu” are iconic.


I am a print maker and have created a series of fifty prints – Gandhi – SANMATI. The series was created using an indigenous process i.e the rubbing process of print-making. The process includes creating stencils and engravings on blocks creating different shades of a single colour and evoking textural contexts. These monotype prints were then enhanced through ‘Cincole” or the collage technique.


Following my long oeuvre as a teacher at the Patna Arts College, I experimented in diverse print-making techniques. I have used flat wooden blocks to play with chiaroscuro, the effect of light and shade. I made engravings on blocks of clay which were used in printing impressions on paper. The memory of soil cracks on the engraved clay bocks yield amazing  texture and give fresh perspective to the prints.


With time and experience, the subjects of my paintings have changed too. The series on display, inspired by the life, ideals and philosophy of the Mahatma ‘Gandhi – truth of time’, is based on the philosophy of life of the Mahatma. To my mind, it follows the artistic trajectory of Nandlal Bose’s leno cut “Bapu”.


I am delighted that the works are being presented in Delhi by the United Nations Information Centre to promote the UN Secretary-General’s TOGETHER CAMPAIGN.

For further information/media queries please contact


Rajiv Chandran, National Information Officer for India and Bhutan M: 9810606833

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