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A kaleidoscope of modern Indian art

A kaleidoscope of modern Indian art
The seventh edition of Delhi Art Gallery’s biannual show consisting of 75 works by modern and contemporary Indian artists is coming to an end on 30 June. Named Manifestations, this art exhibition showcases one very exceptional or extremely expressive work of each of the 75 20th century Indian artists selected by director Ashish Anand and Kishore Singh, head of exhibitions and publications, Delhi Art Gallery. The work of artists is spread across different mediums like oil paintings, charcoal sketches, sculptures, tantra, landscapes, the Bengal School and the Ravi Varma School.

The gallery has not only made an effort at making the rarest of the rare pieces of art available to art lovers but has also curated a catalog describing the artist’s insight and detailed analysis of the art. The catalog lets you get into the depth of history that surrounds the masterpieces and helps you understand the artwork in a much better manner.

‘This is a part of the process of developing the art history of India’, says Singh. ‘This time, we focussed on the continuity of the exhibition each year. We look at curating pieces of artwork from all regions, different schools and across different mediums.’

The exhibition treats you with rare works dating to the pre-Independence era. Some exceptional works to look out for include Devyani Krishna’s Phases of the moon as perceived, pondered over and finally presented by way of intense geometric patterns. Executed in conte and charcoal on brown paper, the sheer size of the work makes it magnificent.

MF Hussain’s work of three generations of women singers is completely different from his other works — outlining the modern and the traditional women.

Also, included for the first time is Pakistani artist Sadequain, an introspective poet, and a prolific artist. With minimal use of colour and a touch of expressionism, he has illustrated the famous verse of the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Bol ke lab azad hain tere (speak, for your lips are free) — his call to revolution.

Nicholas Roerich and Jamini Roy’s rare landscapes are filled with so much life and beauty. Roy’s landscape is more shades of yellows and brown with a central snow covered mountain, Roerich’s landscape is aptly named Holy Refuge — it portrays a sculpture of Buddha in the foreground and the peaceful snow covered mountains form the background.

Another marvel is, Tarak Garai’s sculpture of a mother resting after day’s work and a child crawling on to her. This edition of Manifestations is a substantial and rich offering reconnecting with the past.


AT: Delhi Art Gallery, 11, Hauz Khas Village
WHEN: Till 30 June, 10.30am to 7pm
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