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Art for all

`Joy of Life' features the works of artists from Delhi, Bangalore and Sri Lanka

MAKING ART part and parcel of people's lives and promoting art awareness are the objectives of Mantram Art Foundation, Bangalore, a non-profit organisation run by artists and professionals. The organisation is holding an exhibition of paintings "Joy of Life," at the Vinyasa Art Gallery till November 10, showcasing the works of artists from Delhi, Bangalore and Sri Lanka.

Abstract themes

Subrato Kundu's abstract work in shades of mass green and light yellow is noteworthy for its a variety of textures and their clever juxtaposition. A smaller work is composed of textures in grey and blue.

Similarly, the painting of a head by Doddamani has part of the skull with a different surface treatment creating a contrast. His other work of a man engaged in long jump, is indicative of movement; the electric blue in smooth finish adds to the effect.

Paresh Hazra uses dry brush and roller to create an attractive checked pattern on a black surface with red and white over which a human form has been superimposed.

Lal Ratnakar's figurative works are a little contrived and somewhat static. The same can be said of `Earth fish' by P. Harsoor. Jatin Das' `Prophetic hand' in staccato brush work arrests by its sheer size and sense of animation.

Inspired by Nature

`Agna Sakthi' and `Kriya Sakthi' are interpretations of the energy chakras in an abstract format in acrylics on paper by Jija Singh. Sultana Hasan's painting shows a lonely man seated on a drum; too much of red in this work is a little disturbing. Milind Nayak comes out with his usual abstract themes, inspired by Nature. Anuradha Nalapat's `Creation' in mild yellow too is similar in idea.

Segar of Sri Lanka has shown a Ganesha though it is `untitled.' Another work by him reveals cubism in parts; the imagery is chock-a-block with guitars, musical notes and hand written matter describing his interest in western music. Both the works reflect a casual style. Vibrant colours fill the figurative work of Iromie also from the island; the compositions with gaily dressed women celebrates life. Paintings by Leela Thyagi, Gopi Gajwani and Rajesh Baderia are also displayed.

Whether all the exhibits fit the title `Joy of Life' is questionable; but they reveal the artists' experience and commitment to some extent.

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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