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Going places

RANA SIDDIQUI speaks to Suruchi, who has made a splash with her first exhibition in the Capital.


IF YOU can bring a film star who is also a politician to a painting exhibition, rest assured, you would be covered by the media. On two occasions in New Delhi in recent weeks, this was proved. Anjana Kuthiala, a former Miss India, made some 18 oil paintings on Shah Rukh Khan and displayed them in Delhi. The event was widely covered. Similarly when Suruchi's exhibition of watercolour on paper, `Srishti - A Nature's Expression' mounted at the Habiart Gallery, was graced by Raj Babbar, the media lapped it up. Though eminent artist and sculptor Satish Gujral who was also invited to the exhibition, was feebly mentioned in the media reports, the lights flashed on Babbar and travelled to the painted works too.

Admits this young graduate in French Philosophy, "Yes, inviting celebrities to inaugurate the exhibition has helped. Otherwise, I don't think I would have got such an overwhelming response as I am just a beginner. But we can't deny that these days art exhibitions are finding some place in the media reports."

Natural beauty

Suruchi's works are a translation of her visits to Switzerland, South Africa and parts of India. Hence, Swiss Alps, tribal community of South Africa, monuments and greens at Lodi Garden and other examples of scenic beauty form an integral part of her works. "I use actual colours of nature. So you will not find unnatural reds or shocking pinks, etc. in my works," says Suruchi, who is inspired by Shyamal Dutta Ray and takes guidance from Babu Basak, a Delhi-based senior artist. This is her first solo exhibition which will be on view till this coming Monday.

The stars have already started shining on Suruchi. She reveals, "Raghu Vyas has invited me for a group exhibition in Mumbai which will have some of the most eminent artists of India displaying their works."

Calibre? Let's leave it to the art lovers!

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