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Images of Bengal


AS DOEL Sen, coordinator of Kolkata's Spandan Art Gallery set out to put together a collection of canvases that she would bring to Kochi, her choice was driven by two directives from her friends. There's a lot of money here but not too many spend it on art; only a handful of serious buyers with a couple of newly initiated connoisseurs thrown in. Second, nothing avant-garde or futuristic for the regular caller; preferences are conservative.

The missive couldn't have suited Sen better. She doesn't stock heavily abstract, non-representational art for the simple reason "I cannot display art that I myself don't comprehend."


While good sales are a requirement, they aren't imperative for this art lover whose mission is two-fold, to prop up and support young, up and coming artists and to put a chunk of her earnings from sales into charity. In keeping with that commitment, part of the proceeds of this exhibition goes for the benefit of city-based Raksha, society for the care of children with multiple handicaps. The exhibition that opened over the weekend at the well-illumined Taj Malabar comes as a breath of fresh air. Over the years, artists from this eastern State have produced a collective oeuvre that is remarkable both in its artistry and volume. Eleven artists with distinctive styles and strokes, employing individual medium yet never straying too far from their parallel themes of landscapes and lifestyles are represented.


Partho Bhatttacharjee's women are portrayals of strength, with the vigour and potency of Goddess Kali lurking somewhere in the subconscious. A woman's forte is her ability to assess life; and she goes through it by donning different masks at different times. Bhattacharjee works in tandem with his framer so that once the borders are complete and the framework is in place, he goes back to it with his palette and brush. The last touches of paint are saved for the wooden frames; now the woman's hands stretch outside the picture, onto the frame and acquire a renewed totality. Samir Paul, a young painter is showcased here with a series of watercolours, one of which vividly captures the vitality and energy of a Kolkata harbour; with dhoti-clad Bengalis milling around the piazza and the silhouette of boats in the foreground as the streetlight casts its shadows. It's a busy composition but Paul suffuses it with an intelligible play of light and darkness and a restricted palette, which limits the extent of activity. The artist has a versatile portfolio, where figurative art and landscapes co-exist with impartiality. Suggestions of Bengal are marked in almost all the canvases. In Ananda Das's trams and rickshaw pullers that people the streets of Kolkata; his Ganesha that recalls elements of the Bengal School; sindoor-laden women who gaze out of beautiful eyes; Gauranga Beshai's fluidity of lines; and Avijit Dutta's haunting acrylic on canvas. One can never have enough of a good thing. The inimitable style and genre of Bengal strikes a universal chord.

SUNANDA KHANNA

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