ABAI, a non-profit organisation committed to developing the animation, VFX and gaming industry in India is organising a Digital Arts Symposium which will include talks, presentations and deliberations. Dean, directors, head of directors, principals and professors from Fine Arts Colleges from all over Karnataka will grace the event. Technicolor India country head and ABAI president Biren Ghose says, “The Digital Art Centre programme of ABAI has been a major boost to 27 fine arts colleges across many towns and cities in Karnataka – we would like to amplify these efforts which have been supported by the Government of Karnataka and our industry association. This event will provide thoughts and ideas for the next steps”. Supported by the Government of Karnataka, Digital Art Symposium is a wonderful initiative by ABAI for all the art enthusiasts across the state. This only by invite event will see attendance of over 800 artists from fine art colleges across Karnataka who are a part of the Digital Art Centre project and also those who are not but can potentially benefit from it. Digital Art Symposium is a wonderful initiative by ABAI and supported by Govt. of Karnataka for all the wonderful artistic people across the state. This only by invite event will see attendance of over 800 artists from fine art colleges across Karnataka who are a part of our Digital Art Centre project and also those who are not but can potentially benefit from it”, says ABAI secretary B.S.Srinivas. Digital Art Centre project is the flagship project of ABAI supported by Government of Karnataka and a unique project aimed at skill development in tier 1/2 cities and rural Karnataka. The immensely talented artists are exposed to digital technologies and trained on graphics and animation through labs set up in their campus with their trainers being trained to handle classes for students. “ABAI will launch MENTOR 360, a program which will help all the DAC colleges to excel and explore capabilities and opportunities within the students. This program involves a dedicated animation studio taking up the responsibility in mentoring four to five DACs in Karnataka and handholding them and helping in their overall progress along with our program. Key responsibilities of studios will be conducting workshops and special training, guiding, mentoring and monitoring, identifying good talents, career counselling and reporting the progress to ABAI”, says ABAI vice president Ganesh Papanna. This skill Karnataka event will provide exposure to digital means and help digitalisation of the fine art colleges to keep up with the advancements in digital art trends and technology. The committee takes great pleasure in inviting the interested audience to the Digital Art Symposium 2019, which will be held on 13 April 2019 at NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bengaluru.