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Art bonanza

The ongoing exhibition at Alankritha Art Gallery, titled `Concurrents', is a wide panorama of complexities

Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

THE PLATFORM provided by art galleries is a vital component in enhancing art awareness. In a city like Hyderabad, where connoisseurs are known to buy even `local art' from outside galleries, the presence and functioning of art galleries becomes a necessity for furthering other concerns of art too.

Showcasing art from across the country is one of the interesting activities undertaken by the city galleries. And over the years these galleries have kept up the sublime spirit of enjoying art, by slowly increasing the number of art lovers.

This season has been particularly good with much activity - exhibitions, auctions, camps, lectures, and slide shows happening all along. To top it all, the massive exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints titled `Concurrents', presently on at Alankritha Art Gallery, comes as a treasure trove, especially for the new breed of art enthusiasts, which gives an opportunity to have a glimpse at early works of several artists, and also have a feel of the art trends that have been and are persisting today.

For the first time, over 50 artists belonging to different generations - those who are popular and those gaining popularity - have been brought together on a single platform. The cross-section of artists features names rangingfrom veterans like Shaivx Chavda, M. F. Hussain, Somnath Hore and Anjoli Ela Menon to younger ones like Babu Xavier, Jitish Kallat, Shibu Natesan and Krishnamachari Bose.

Many artists

It is interesting to view immensely diverse works with varied perspectives and ideologies, as one gets to see an old Somnath Hore ink drawing alongside a Owaise Hussain work, switching to the lyrical abstractions of Achutan Kudallur and then succumbing to the ferocity of Altaf's almost brutal monochromatic figurative.

`Concurrents' is a wide panorama of complexities - themes that cover socio-political unrest, personal turmoil, surreal engagements, social concerns, feminist matters, pun and fun, translations of grace and elegance, meditative abstractions, folk allegories, personal narratives and post-modern collages.

It is a great effort by the owner couple Prashanthi and Nitin - a real gift for art lovers this season.

The artists whose works are showcased include Achutan Kudallur, Akhilesh, A. Altaf, Amit Ambalal, Amitava Das, Anjolie Ela Menon, Atin Basak, Arpita Singh, Babu Eshwar Prasad, Babu Xavier, Biswapati Maiti, Bose Krishnamachari, K. C. Douglas, D. L. N. Reddy, Dipali Bhattacharya, Himmat Shah, Jatin Das, Jayashree Chakraborthy, Jogen Chowdhury, K. Muralidharan, Krishen Khanna, Kishore Shinde, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Laxma Goud, M. F. Hussain, Nalini Malani, Nambiar Balan, Navjot Altaf, Owais Husain, P. Gopinath, Presh Chandra Hazra, Paresh Maity, R. B. Bhaskaran, Rabin Mondal, Rekha Rodwittiya, S. G. Vasudev, Sanat Kar, Shaivax Chavda, Shibu Natesan, Somnath Hore, Suhas Roy, Surya Prakash, Thota Tharani and Virendra Shah.

The show is on view at Alankritha Art Gallery Residence Inn, Amar Cop Society, Opposite Madhapur Police Station, Jubilee Hills, daily between 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. up to February 19. Phone: 23113709, 98850033. Sunday by appointment.

B. PADMA REDDY

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