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An exhibition of the works of 50-odd artists at Galerie Sara Arakkal concludes today



Big names of the contemporary Indian art scene are represented at the show.

THE ANNUAL Show 04 at Galerie Sara Arakkal puts together 50 artworks by 50 artists. Here we find some big names on the contemporary Indian art scene. Akbar Padamsee's watercolour portraying the close-up of a nude woman is ruggedly composed, but delicately delineated. Rendered in black and white, the master's creation shows the technical elegance and a soft appeal, which have come to stay as his trademark. K.G. Subramanyan too paints a nude woman but sets her against a dark milieu, which includes a `peeping tom' strategically located in a corner. A unique medium — reverse painting on plastic sheet using gouache and oil colours — employed to render the painting enhances the feel of intrigue and suspense.

If you are the kind of viewer who is game for some shock treatment, you can only trust only one artist to do the honours! The 1984 mixed-media work of the redoubtable F.N. Souza, not only confounds the viewer with the brazen and unabashed portrayal of a big-busted woman, but astonishes him/her with a sudden `twist' at the waist to expose her posterior! The nudges, slashes, and `high-handed' caresses of a thrusting brush heighten the allusion of daring eroticism and snooty cheekiness that sets Souza's work apart from others. A more sober, if rustic female profile is to be seen in the works of Laxman Aelay and T. Vaikuntam, while Rini Dhumal, Shamshad Husain, S.G. Vasudev, and Dipali Bhattacharya have their urbane women rendered with soft sophistication. Among other eye-catching works are K.T. Shiva Prasad's Picasso, surrounded by some folk motifs, Yusuf Arakkal's protagonist immersed in reading, Chandra Bhattacharjee's sepia toned and meditative male profile, Sunil Das' rugged close-up, Krishen Khanna's boat caught in a stormy weather, Hanuman Kambli's haunting composition, Iranna Rukumpur's mystic and striking poster-like rendering by Ravi Kumar Kashi, Samir Mondal, and K.K. Muhamed. One would also not like to miss the amazing watercolours of Shakti Burman and Laxma Goud, and meaningful themes rendered with finesse in their acrylic paintings by Babu Eswar Prasad and Dhiraj Chowdhary. There is a fair representation of abstract and non-figurative works as well. Led by well-known names like Prabhakar Kolte, Adimoolam, Lakshman Shreshta, and, Achuthan Kudallur, this group also includes some eye-catching works of Harshvardhan, Ganesh Haloi, and Nupur Kundu. The exhibition concludes today.

ATHREYA

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