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Colours of reality

FOR ANJOLIE Ela Menon, it has been a 40-year tryst with brush and paints. Considered as one of India's leading contemporary artists, she has held over 40 solo shows and several group shows at different places. Her work finds a place in practically every prestigious museum and private collection in the country.

Apparao Galleries traverses back in time, through its `Retrospective' of an extensive collection of the artist's works over the past three to four decades, which is to be held from March 1-10.

Known for experimenting with various styles and mediums, she has moved from paintings to mutations and painted furniture to kitsch and uses superimposed images, collage and appliqué.

The inspiration now comes from the visual matrix of the streets and pavements, breaking the barriers between what is termed `high' and `low' art.

The `real' India comes to life in this show, the India where women consecrate the first bread of the day to the flames, where the artisans lay down their tools on the day of the darkest moon, when evil spirits roam free and where travellers offer a prayer to Lord Ganesha before embarking on their journey.

Distancing herself from the "contemporary versus traditional" debate, Anjolie explores the art of the masses.

The exhibition which travels from Mumbai and Bangalore to Chennai will be held at Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Gardens 3rd Street, Ph: 8272226/8273396, from 2.00-7.00 p.m. on Mondays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

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