One of the winners – Tai Changli (L2) in the contest explains her painting "Ga Baifu". [cnsphoto.com.cn]
The contest of rural calligraphers and painters of the sixth New Rural TV Arts Festival was held in Beijing on August 10, during which a Miao woman named Tai Changli from southwest China's Guizhou Province won an award for one of her painting works.
The contest is an extension of the New Rural TV Arts Festival, a talent show for rural people. It is cosponsored by the Chinese Television Artists Association, China's Agricultural Film and Television Center and China Farmers Painting Seminar and supported in name by the Agricultural Bank of China.
Since the contest was launched in April this year, 521 oil paintings, traditional Chinese paintings, calligraphic works, paper cuttings and carving works have been submitted by contestants. Fourteen farmer artists will be selected to enter the final, which will air on the state broadcaster CCTV-7 in October.
Tai Changli described the life and local customs of the Miao people and her memories of childhood. The painting she produces is named "Ga Baifu" which is the literary form of talking and singing among Miao people. Tai said: "At the time of marrying, we sing Ga Baifu and drink at the same time. However, the intangible cultural heritage of Miao people is constantly withering away, so I hope I can use the painting brush to retain the traditional customs."
With the rapid development of rural social economic and cultural construction, more and more farmers are picking up painting brushes to transcribe and record their own life. This contest provides a stage for farmers who want to pursue their dreams.
(Source: gzdsw.com/Translated by Women of China)
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