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SIGNATURES OF DIVERSITY: SERBIA AND INDIA

From stunning graphics to canvasses that embraces abstraction and quasi figurative, the show at 'The Palm Court' has something to savour for everyone.

SIGNATURES OF DIVERSITY: SERBIA AND INDIA
The Palm Court at the Habitat Centre is one of my favourite spaces for a show. Because it opens itself to the beautiful palms at Habitat which has one of the finest horticulture departments in the capital city, as well as the fact that one can play with spaces and do ingenuous things with display.
Photographer, artist, curator Tribhovan Deo puts up a delightful show of Serbian as well as Indian artists at the Palm Court entitled 'Signature of Diversity'. From stunning graphics to ceramic to canvasses that embraced both abstraction and quasi figurative the show has something to savour for everyone.
One must begin with the brilliance of the Serbian clan – Zoran Grmas and Evan Bjelica – they create quasi abstract monochrome prints that have a subtle somber note to it-while Snezana Petrovich and Gabriella Hajzler celebrate the finer tones of the figurative mode in dulcet shades of finesse and silhouette. Jelena Bjelica creates a luminous matte finish architectural mosaic that echoes the beauty of geometry and form.
Anirudh Sagar and Vipul Kumar are two ceramic artists whose works call for attention.Anirudh translates the gritty earth tones of the mystic mountains which he has always loved,his handling of esoteric forms and the grainy textures in his glazing show beyond doubt that he has is a practitioner who loves his craft.Vipul Kumar personifies the search for white tones in both matte finish as well as stark architectural artistry in porcelain. While his works are small they have about them a magical aura of mosaic splendor. Kumar's porcelain works call for greater appreciation and admiration. Kumar revel in the sculptonic intensities of the porcelain world-a tough medium to handle.
Among quasi figurations it is Narendra Pal Singh's scarlet toned miasma that catches the human gaze. Narendra Pal is a lover of the folk idiom and he crafts his canvas with a host of teeming images and figures that have an evocative expression of the spirit of being. Curator Tribhuvan Deo creates two wonderful moody canvasses that speak to us about the moorings and meanderings of the mind and soul in the dark firmaments of earth and sky. Shahanshah Mittal and Siraj Saxena have contrasting abstract studies-while Mittal creates syncopations on snowy white and ivory toned manifestations-Siraj creates his canvas on the butter cup yellow and tangerine toned summer yellows that at once have a hint of fertility. Among large works my favourite was Sunil Yadav's grainy semi realist renditions of architectectonics. His handling of paint and texture and contour is so indepth and full of a seamless satin smooth finish that it seems like a veil that has been transferred onto the canvas while he was painting.
Another good work is Anup Kumar Chand's resilient Dalmatian with the seraphic image of Sai Baba in the background. It speaks to us about different things and the sensitivity of man needed in a world that has forgotten to love and forgotten the real meaning of bhakti.The show doesn't touch only diversties, it also upholds the need for younger emerging artists to be brought out of the fold,in that vein Tribhuvan Deo does yoeman's service to the art world that must go beyond big names and the greed of galleries.The show ends on Saturday.
Uma Nair

Uma Nair

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