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Assorted assemblage

The group show at Daira features works of artists from Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh


GROUP SHOWS provide opportunities to view many works under one roof. But in most cases, just a painting or two of each artist is mounted, while a solo exhibition gives us a peek into a gamut of works. An exhibition of paintings and graphics at Daira Centre for Arts and Culture exposes the works of artists from Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. Quite a few artists figure in this show, where paintings predominate over prints.

There is no underlying thread binding the works of this untitled show. Broadly, one notices mostly abstracts from the artists of Madhya Pradesh. Sharada Shankushale, Yusuf (a good print-maker too), Parvez Ahmed, Veena Jain, Veena Shrivastav, Manisha Gohil and Ajay Dhandre's abstracts are worth viewing on account of the muted colour schemes, which are pleasing to the eye. In some one can sense some kind of forms like `genetic' ones in Ajay Dhandre's works. Parvez Ahmed's textures impart an interesting effect to the works.

Shridhar Iyer's mixed media works has some interesting graffiti - more like scribble - sentences in Hindi and some Tamil alphabets are woven into the work. Monica Bijalani exhibits two computer graphics.

Amongst the print-makers Chandrahas J. (from M.P.) stands out on account of his technical dexterity. In Monopoly Chandrahas looks at various elements, which are detailed - `war', `warrior', ego, which is finely executed. The juxtaposition of various elements in the composition (with a fairly large head in the centre) makes for intriguing viewing. Sangeeta Pathak's (from M.P.) print Khajuraho, as the title signifies, has some erotic figures with and without heads. The second work bears no eroticism - there are just four glum-looking figures.


The Karnataka artists have played with colour and subjects - a mixture of abstract and figurative. In his collage, Virendar Shah experiments with the medium. The brightness of colour (here blue) is bold enough to arrest the eye. To a certain extent the vivid blue (of the sea) is offset by the small black paper boats.

V.G. Andani, a senior artist from Gulbarga, beckons the viewer with his drawings. Fine lines mark his works. One of the compositions - heads (big and small) with a saintly `Buddha'-like face (on the top) adds a sense of serenity to the cluttered heads in the bottom. Hanumanth's work, rather landscapic in nature (where the finely sketched trees predominate), can be viewed in two sections - one where the two agriculturists with sickle in hand look at the lush fields, and second where a fort wall in the background has even an entrance.

Prakash Gadkar's abstract with lashes of colourful strokes gives one an impression of waves with a centre, which seems like an eye of the cyclone. While S. Rajasekhar's abstract work has three stone/ball like things suspended which seem to come hurtling down to the end of the canvas. It looks as if Rashmi Varma has poured paint (dual tones - yellow and black and light rust and black) on paper, which on spreading assumes different shapes.

Ramgiri Polis Patil's fairly large work Friends appears to be a portrait of contemporary society - particularly the youth and some of their actions. This interesting narrative in small windows is colourfully presented. The other artists who figure in the show are M.B. Lohar, B.L. Jani, Poornima Patil, Y.J. Lokaya, Shailesh, Rupa Shree, Ramesh Chandra, Kanaklata V. (all from Karnataka) and Praveen Kedar (from M.P.)

This show is on at Daira till July 12 (11 a.m. and 7 p.m.).

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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