Kolkata, Nov 14 IBNS | 2 years ago

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday unveiled the foundation of Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA), a public-private initiative, as veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and Managing Trustee Rakhi Sarkar, looked on, marking the beginning of a project that aims to draw big names from across the world to the eastern city.

KMOMA is a 500- crore project at New Town, Rajarhat and is a public charitable trust formed on the model of public-private partnership and is represented on the board of trustees by nominees of the West Bengal government, the Government of India and industrialists, alongside renowned artists and art connoisseurs.

"KMOMA is a child now. Today is the beginninng, tommorow the future pillar will be there. Kolkata is the cultural capital of the world. Our golden days are returning," said the West Bengal CM.

"All artists have to be brought under one roof and to build a museum is a big task," she said.

"You start work, Rakhi-di and I will be there. Any land problem will be resolved," Banerjee told Rakhi Sarkar.

"People will come forward soon," she said, adding that all would give full cooperation.

"The government is there and will give full cooperation," she said.

"It is great to have all artists from all sections under one roof," said Sharmila Tagore.

"Thank you very much for supporting us," Tagore told Baneerjee at the dias.

Eminent Indian painter Jogen Chowdhury was also present at the inauguration.

(Posted on 14-11-2013)