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Arts’ eternal quest

Arts’ eternal quest
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The inaugural function was well attended not only by senior bureaucrats and corporate executives but also by artists, art collectors and journalists besides art lovers etc.

The main attraction of the exhibition was the brightly coloured large mural Crusade Against Corruption as corruption has come to occupy the mainstream of public debate today.

Corruption is depicted as the hydra headed monster which has pervaded the whole government machinery on the one hand and tormented the people on the other hand.

It also shows the important role played by media and civil society in combating corruption. The three arms of the anticorruption watchdog represent the preventive, punitive and participative approach to combating corruption. Being the golden jubilee year of the Central Vigilance Commission, the organisation which Subramanian presently serves, he dedicates this exhibition to his organisation and the fight against corruption.

Influenced by Indian and Western philosophy, Subramaniam’s paintings are also inspired by Sufism and Zen.  The painting Tum Ek Gorakh Dhandha Ho (you are a puzzle) is a rendition in colour of the beautiful sufi poetry by the same name, immortalised by the qawwali of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The search for the ultimate is a puzzle, a maze in which one gets lost; and only the one who loses himself, finds his self.  This is also the spirit behind the other paintings Celebrating the Unknown and Sufi’s Bliss.

While Purush-Prakriti depicts the relationship between matter and consciousness, the painting That’s All We Know portrays the philosophy of Immanuel Kant.

Yoga is all about the ability to live in the present, between the 'outgoing' and 'incoming' breath, free from the shackles of past and future tense.  This is the essence of the Kundalini or Chakra paintings.

It is the 6th solo exhibition by K.Subramaniam, a self taught artist and a civil servant from the Indian Audit and Accounts Service, who takes to the canvas whenever he is free from his anticorruption work. The eighteen oil paintings on display arise from an innate personal vision and try to engage the viewer through a wider vision of awareness, including mystical themes
and experiences.
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