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Golden history, platinum works


VETERAN ARTISTS and art lovers in Delhi may recall some 15 years ago when entering into National Gallery of Modern Art was an considered an audacious act. A common man could hardly be seen in this awe-inspiring building. But now senior faculty belonging to NGMA recall that in these 15 years, the number of art lovers in Delhi "has gone up by five times". Hence, its golden jubilee celebrations that fall this Monday can be expected to attract a huge number of art enthusiasts.

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will inaugurate The Golden Jubilee Celebration and NGMA's representative art exhibition titled `Signposts of the Times - Part I', from the collection of the gallery itself while Minister of Culture Jaipal Reddy too is expected to grace the occasion.

The exhibition, to continue in the three parts throughout the year, will be divided into colonial period to the evolution of miniatures, Progressive Art Group artists to contemporary ones and the modern art. It will cover the period from 1850 to 2004. So one can see the works of Abindranath Tagore, Amrita Shergil, Ram Kinkar Baij, M.F. Husain, Reza, Jahangir Sabawala, Krishen Khanna, K.G. Subramanium and many more. "All the artists for part II and III are not yet decided," says a representative of NGMA. Works of some international artists especially Mexican artists are also contemplated to be displayed.

While January 2005 is slated for `Retrospective on Satish Gujral', March will see Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Lecture in which eminent personalities from the art fraternity will deliver lectures. NGMA has also decided to screen four or five films prepared on contemporary artists. For the fist time it has taken graphic art into consideration. It has made a film on graphic arts which it plans to premier along with one on Santiniketan.

On the day of the inauguration one can enjoy some light music as well.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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