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Kolkata: An exhibition on the artworks of KG Subramanyan, on the theme ‘War of the Relics’, was inaugurated on Thursday at the Victoria Memorial Hall by noted filmmaker Goutam Ghosh.

KG Subramanyan, one of the few noted artists of India, graduated with a degree in Modern Art from Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan, under the patronage of famed artist Nandalal Basu. After his graduation, he moved to Vadodara to join the newly formed Maharaja Sayajirao University as an academic.

“Throughout my entire life I follow the principles of Gandhi. So I choose this profession to act as a voice of the voiceless,” quoted KG Subramanyan in his biography by Gulam Mohammed Sheikh named ‘The World in Many Guises’.

The week-long art exhibition will end on December 10. A film on the artist’s work ‘Through the lens of KG Subramanyan’ will be shown on December 7 at the exhibition.

Dr Jayanta Sengupta, curator of the Victoria Memorial Hall said, “It’s an honor to be exhibiting KG Subramanyan’s works. I pay my heartiest congratulation to the entire Seagull team.”

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Curator Jayanta Saha with Goutam Ghosh

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Ongoing Art Exhibition in New Delhi focusses on Tantric art to entice people with its mystery

An ongoing art exhibition in New Delhi aims at proving to people that the idea of 'Tantra' is much more than eerie and pointless mumbo jumbo

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New Delhi, Feb 16, 2017: The idea of Tantra has been shrouded in mystery, esoteric ‘mumbo jumbo’, wild speculation, gross misunderstandings and sheer fantasy. The explicit imagery, lavishly coloured multi-appendaged deities in union with consorts are on on display at an ongoing art exhibition.

In the mid-20th century as modern art came under the influence of abstract ideals, with the rise of “Abstract Expressionism” and “Post Painterly Abstraction”, painting fore-fronted western modern art movements where basic symbolic forms became the norm in western modern art.

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As Indian modern artists came increasingly in contact with Western modernist movements, they recognised increasing similarity with these International modern art forms and their own indigenous tantric motifs that they began incorporating into their art works.

For the most part, the Indian contemporary modern artists were not specifically practicing tantra but they in various creative ways incorporated this familiar imagery into their works of art.

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The works of Raza, Sohan Qadri and even M.F. Husain are good examples of this. However, skilfully these works used the tantric iconography they did not necessarily portray a direct tantric experience of the maker.

“Tantra” curated By Bryan Mulvihill, is on at Art Konsult in Hauz Khas Village till February 18.

The show includes a range of vivid and rich coloured canvases, created by numerous masters and contemporaries. It depicts the ancient culture and method of tantra that was a highly believed and used technique in the past.

The exhibit brings tales from the yesteryears in colourful forms and gives a glimpse of the spiritual side of ancient India. Through mediums like acrylic, watercolours and mix media the essence of tantra was portrayed to the audience.

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“Tantra has always been a subject of anonymity for everyone, but this exhibition will provide people a sneak peek into the world of tantra through the means of extraordinary art works created by masters and contemporaries,” said Siddhartha Tagore, owner of Art Konsult.

“These colorful and bold works will surely attract art lovers of the capital,” he added.

The paintings on display burst out loud with bright colours and eye striking colour combinations. Each artwork depicts the spiritual method in every explicit manner and let spectators to go in flow with the visual treat displayed at the exhibition. (IANS)

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Kun-Faya & Fun art exhibition at India Habitat Centre in Delhi

"The acrylic colors from tubes are directly put on canvas and I used my fingers to draw the paintings"

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New Delhi, February 8, 2017: Artist Ghazali Moinuddin’s solo art show titled “Kun-Faya-Fun” presented the audience its vibe & ethereal colors depicting the various shades of the nature.

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Organised at India Habitat Centre in the national capital, his paintings are all landscapes which show the beauty of the Nature. From the mist trapped within the woods to the mountain peaks covered in snow, Moinuddin’s every stroke brings it all alive.

Moinuddin has not drawn any inspiration while painting this series, for him it is all about his imagination. For him, nature has no boundaries, it has freedom.

“Imagination and inspiration are contradictory for me, it is disturbing rather. My paintings depend a lot on my mood. I have not been much to any hill station in past few years but all these are an outcome of my imaginative power,” Moinuddin told IANS.

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The artist didn’t use any brush while working on the 40 paintings. “The acrylic colours from tubes are directly put on canvas and I used my fingers to draw the paintings,” he said about his art work which took him two years to complete.

“The semi-realistic paintings create a 3D effect, the more you keep distance from the paintings, the better you can visualise it,” the artist said about his paintings.

The exhibition will go on till February 9, 2017. (IANS)

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Diverse culture of India likely to come together in upcoming Art exhibition in Delhi

The exhibition will see on display forms of art like Bhil, Gond, Kalamkari, Kalighat, Rogan, Warli, Patchitra, Saura, Madhubani and Sanjhi art

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New Delhi, August 25, 2016: Several genres that represent harmony within the diverse culture of India will all come together in an upcoming art exhibition that will showcase tribal forms like Gond, Kalamkari and Madhubani.

Organised by Must Art Gallery and AK Gallerie, the week-long “Many Indias” art show will run at Visual Art Gallery from August 26 to August 31.

“Indigenous tribal artists from all over India will showcase the language of 12 different genres of folk and tribal art of the land,” said curator Alka Pande.

“The theoretical underpinnings of the writings of Ramachandra Guha, Arjun Appardurai and Dipesh Chakraborty, cultural historians like Jyotindra Jain, Sirish Rao, Gita Wolf and Ayyappa Paniker led me to conceive the idea of the show,” she added.

Art Exhibition. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Art Exhibition. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

“Indigenous tribal artists from all over India will showcase the language of 12 different genres of folk and tribal art of the land,” said curator Alka Pande.

“The theoretical underpinnings of the writings of Ramachandra Guha, Arjun Appardurai and Dipesh Chakraborty, cultural historians like Jyotindra Jain, Sirish Rao, Gita Wolf and Ayyappa Paniker led me to conceive the idea of the show,” she added.

“The colourful palette with which these art works are embellished bear the roots of multiplicity in India. The art works, replete with traditional knowledge, carry the hues and finesse of ancient art which are passed from one generation to the next,” the curator explained.

The exhibition will see on display forms of art like Bhil, Gond, Kalamkari, Kalighat, Rogan, Warli, Patchitra, Saura, Madhubani and Sanjhi art.

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Saura Artist Manas Das said: “As a child, I was fascinated by tribal art. I painted the walls of a house which was liked by many and hence took this as a profession. These exhibitions give me a much bigger buyer base”.

The show is an ode to indigenous art through which the audience sees an inner India and artists get exposure and promote their business.

“I tried hands on many occupations. A carpenter by trade, I was not able to make much money and was uncomfortable with the job hence took to painting and these exibitions for me are a good source of income,” said Gond Artist Shiv Prasad Malviya.

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“The indigenous art expresses a view of life which has symbiotic relationship with nature and is far removed from the structured and formal trained language. The visual representation through flora and fauna drawing ecological balance is an attempt to immortalize the beauty of nature,” said Must Art Gallery founder Tulika Kedia.

The tribal works at the exhibition, using traditional techniques of tempera and gouache, make it more interesting because each of these works are simple yet ethnically rich with aesthetic sensibility and authenticity.

The audience will identify with the motifs that carry strong symbols from nature and were originally painted in vegetable dyes and natural pigments. (IANS)

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