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Editorial of Inyathi


The new issue of Inyathi is in your hands now. It was difficult to bring this issue together primarily because of lack of quality articles from artists of Eastern Cape and beyond. I still fail to believe that artists can’t be writers or students of Fine Arts from various universities in the Eastern Cape are not encouraged to write. Inyathi as a journal will continue to survive under such adverse conditions. South Africa is going through a socio-political turmoil, challenging artists and writers to bring forth a creativity which is different from that which happened during the euphoria of apartheid liberation. I feel truly fortunate to bring out a journal on arts during such a period.

A few days back I was invited to attend a Seminar on Publishing organised by the Department of Journalism, Walter Sisulu University, East London and funded by the German Government. I rubbed shoulders with various small time publishers like me whose only desire is to satisfy a passion to bring out the printed word in an aesthetic form. My good friend Volkmar Dobaat was the Chairperson of this Seminar. He is a keen photographer and had an article on Ansell Adams in the last issue. I was struck by his statement for more communication via the print media as communication is itself marketing. Keeping in with his viewpoint, the last issue of Inyathi was sold to numerous artists and art lovers even though I didn’t have any distribution system in place. Many reprints were made and complimentary copies were sent to universities abroad. Inyathi still remains the only print journal on Arts in Eastern Cape.

The Grahamstown International Festival is on these days and I regret that I couldn’t attend at the moment. It is extremely difficult to get time off from the East London Hospital Complex due to an acute shortage of doctors. Wearing different hats seems to be a norm for me but my colleagues look at me with mixed emotions, a strange species heading for extinction. I had a surprise call from the Secretary to the Minister of Art and Culture, Mrs N. Abraham – Ntantiso, inviting me to attend the opening of the Festival along with other dignitaries. I am extremely happy that the Honourable Minister is aware of the important contribution of Inyathi towards the vibrant art and cultural happenings in Eastern Cape. I would like to thank ‘The Daily Dispatch’, premier news daily of the Eastern Cape for helping me to promulgate the call for academic articles on the Arts for Inyathi. I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to Mr. Billy Nel, Minister of Finance for Eastern Cape for his continuing support of my wayward ventures. Mr. Nel is himself a great art collector and has encouraged many young artists of Eastern Cape to showcase their work at home and overseas.

I am proud to present the works of internationally renowned photographer Anthony Maturin in this issue. Rentia Ellis as always has done the arduous work of graphic designing and composing the articles. I am indebted to her. She found time between her other work to prepare this journal.

This issue means a lot to me and to all the artists and art lovers of Eastern Cape as it would be unveiled at the International Literary and Art Festival in Oslo in September this year. I would be carrying copies of the journal with me where I would be dedicating it to cultural ambassadors from around the globe. I would make sure that Eastern Cape, South Africa, has a prominent place as an art loving province on the world map of art and culture.

Dr. Amitabh Mitra


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