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Motley of images

The recent works of Arup Das, Mohan Singh and Sisir Sahana are being showcased at Kalakriti Art Gallery till March 31.



GOOD WALL SPACE: A number of works can be mounted.

THE KALAKRITI gallery suddenly buzzed with activity (after a few months of its formal opening) last Sunday when an exhibition titled `Triveni' was inaugurated by Akkineni Nageswara Rao. Paintings of two artists Arup Das and Mohan Singh from Delhi and glass sculptures of Sisir Sahana from Hyderabad are on display.

Sisir Sahana has been working with glass for a few years and he sculpts objects in glass with amazing dexterity. Involved with the actual product from the manufacture of glass (which he does at his studio) to the final stages, Sisir also manages to give a good display (sculptures on a pedestal with light at the back to enhance the coloured effect). His works are the mainstay of the show.



SPACIOUS GALLERY: It is well done and brightly lit.

Using various techniques like casting, moulding and fused, Sisir is able to create `multiple' images within the sculpture. A rugged textural effect is imparted in the fused category, while the cast glass has a `smooth' exterior.

`Frozen in time' is the series Sisir has worked on wherein man, animal and nature are `fossilised' in space and time. In other images, the `transformation' of human beings and places is dealt with.



DEXTERITY IN GLASS: Sisir Sahana's sculptures.

Arup Das `Krishna and Radha' series reminds one of Shuva Prasanna's works though the treatment is different. The cowherd god is invariably depicted in his blue colour holding the flute. The artist's portrayal is more or less on traditional lines. Radha, on the other hand, is treated slightly differently. She is made to look like a `queen' with a wreath of leaves (more like a `fertility wreath') in one, and in another she is depicted on the lines of a medieval miniature painting.

Mohan Singh seems to attempt to fuse elements of tradition and modernity in his canvases which have an assortment of things besides human figures. His series of heads are more inviting on account of the slight variation in expression.



PORTRAIT OF RADHA: Arup's vision is slightly different.

The works of the troika seem `mismatched' as there is no common thread underlying the works. While Sisir's sculptures captures the attention, the paintings on the walls seem to fade away in comparison. Perhaps better attention can be paid to the choice of a theme and artists to suit that in future. This way a conglomeration can be avoided.

The show is on till March 31 (between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.) at the gallery (468, road no. 10, Banjara Hills. tel: 55822121).

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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