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Magic of images

The exhibition brings together some of the finest works from across the country



The works mingle well with one another to make for a rewarding experience.

THE EXHIBITION of paintings organised at the Chitrakala Parishath as part of the ongoing Bangalore International Art Festival, brings a delightful collection of works by well-known artists across the country. Although the viewer is already well acquainted with the individual artist's distinctive style, format, and technique, the displayed works mingle well with each other to make for a rewarding experience.

Compelling

Delineation of the female form, especially the nude, seems to have enthused many of the artists. This is evidenced in Akbar Padamsee's fascinating and tightly composed watercolour in small format and Sunil Das' forceful rendering of a deeply haunting profile set amidst stark surroundings. Even as Jatin Das comes up with a couple of enthralling nudes, the lonely girl in a garden surrounded with colourful flowers and foliage in Gogi Saroj Pal's work (acrylic on canvas and printed export cloth) makes for pleasant viewing.

Ganesh Pyne never fails to mesmerize. In a small but superb work (ink on paper), his lines crisscross with exceptional energy and power. No wonder, he is quoted as having said: "I have now come to the conclusion that the character of a drawing manifests itself best in black and white and that the effect of mass or tone should be rendered in lines only. Line is indeed the life of a drawing because it is a fact that an artist thinks in terms of lines and not words."

Different hues

In Jogen Chowdhury's case, the dry pastel work portraying two squatting figures is a picture of dignified poise, restraint and balance. There is an unmistakable rhythmic quality in the protagonists' pose and body language. Anjolie Ela Menon's dark figure sits on a charpoy with a thoughtful expression, but then the almost hidden rifle by his side, the cyanide capsule, which hangs from his neck and the face of a tiger in the background are ominous signs indeed.

Manjit Bawa too portrays a tiger, but the mood is quite different in his mixed media work. The leaping animal set against a bright yellow background brings in a physicality and drama to the work. Arpana Caur's large and colourful canvas shows a meditative Kabir standing on foot, surrounded by tall trees and plants. As a surprising intrusion, she introduces a pair of scissors as a symbol `which can cut the thread of life, when the time is due.'

Among other interesting works are Ashok Bhowmik's sepia-toned gramophone rendered in tempera, Madhavi Parekh's organic portrait of a bearded man rendered in watercolour, Manu Parekh's flower vase celebrating both colour and complexity, Mona Rai's highly textured mixed media work, Paritosh Sen's energetic portraits, Shuvaprasanna's Krishna with his long bamboo flute, Shyamal Dutta Ray's evocative watercolour, Ved Nayar's elongated figurines, and Vishwanadhan's horizontally striped and multihued canvas. Not to be missed are the host city's representatives, S.G. Vasudev and Yusuf Arakkal.

The show concludes on October 22.

ATHREYA

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