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India’s paradise regained on canvas

India’s paradise regained on canvas
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A thing of beauty is a joy forever’ is a statement that is especially true for Kashmir. Gallerie Ganesha presents a solo exhibition titled Paradise Regained by Alok Uniyal. Inspired by Kashmir, the show has 20 paintings in acrylics on canvas, each panoramic work defining the state’s breathtaking natural beauty, its culture and eternal romance.

This is not the first time, however, that the Uniyal has brought a city’s diverse landscape alive on his canvas. In previous art outings, he has created series of paintings around Kolkata (2007), Goa (2008) and even Delhi (2010), and Kashmir is another series.

'I always visit a place and that inspires me to paint my impressions of what I observe. I travelled to Kashmir last year in October, and despite the fact that the state has faced such turmoil, somehow it still retains its mesmerising natural beauty and charm. Why would I then want to paint harsh realities that we read about anyway in papers everyday,' says Uniyal.  The works also reflect elements of Indian traditional art – like miniature paintings and terracotta art – especially as Uniyal belongs to Uttaranchal.'
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