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The fairer shades

The fairer shades
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When art celebrates womanhood, the result is a celebration that brings into focus all that is symbolic of feminine grace and power.

The show explores the various qualities of the feminine like jagat janani – universal goddess, shakti – primordial energy, ardhangini – rightful companion, janani – mother, annapurna – nurturer, naayika – prima donna and numerous other roles a woman fulfils in her life, transforming into one or the other as the occasion demands.

Artists who are presenting their work are Arpana Caur, Dipak Banerjee, Ganesh Pyne, Jayasri Burman, KS Kulkarni, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Laxma Goud, Neekant Choudhary, Paresh Maity, Rini Dhumal, Satish Gujral, Shyamal Datta Ray and Suhas Roy.

Art works of artist Aparna Caur titled Harvest shows a woman painted in green and another in red. ‘The green feminine form is the creator and the red, the destructor. This work shows that every woman has the energy that is also present in nature itself – the restorer and the destructor. Women are supposed to be passive but that is not so, they can multi-task and efficiently so,’ she said.

Another of her work titled Sohini is also on display, ‘Sohini was a real woman born 500 years ago and her legend still lives on. For me, Sohni is symbolic of conviction, human courage and love. She gave up her life for these values and I believe there is a Sohini in all of us…I have done a solo on this theme about 14 years ago and this idea is as relevant today as it was then,’ she added.

Delhi-based artist Jayasri Burman has created a canvas that is breathtaking in its expanse and symbolism. Titled Annapurna, this watercolour, pen and ink on paper work portrays women as caregivers, and more importantly, as the person who feeds every stomach.

‘However rich or poor one may be, or wherever one may belong to, one cannot do without food. A woman is an Annapurna, someone who makes sure every stomach is fed and no one goes hungry in her family, and hence society at large. Through this work, I want to create an enduring image of a woman as a nourisher, an image which will remain relevant forever however advanced our civil societies may become.

Artist Paresh Maity’s circular, oil on canvas work titled Majestic Grace is about empowerment of a woman even while celebrating her eternal beauty and grace. ‘The work is about how every woman is beautiful in her own way, the motif of a horse’s face at the far left of the work is to draw a parallel between the majestic aura of both forms – human and animal,’ he said.

Triveni Kala Sangam, 22–30 Nov, 11 am
Gallerie Ganesha, 1 Dec, 11 am onwards

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