& Paintings Exhibition by renowned artists working in different media houses
from 9-14th Dec
Hyderabad|India|December'2008: A Drawings and Paintings exhibition by
renowned artists K. Ramesh Babu (The Hindu), Chitra (Andhra Prabha), Sreechandra
(Eenadu), Udaya Bhaskar (Eenadu), Bala Bhaktha Raju (Freelancer) working in
various media organisation under the aegis of 5 Dimensions to be organised here
in city at ICCR Art Gallery, Kala Bhavan, Ravindra Bharati. It will be formally
inaugurated by the Chief Guest Padmasri Jagdish Mittal, Art Historian and Mr.
Amar, Guest of Honour, Chairman of Press Academy on 9th December at 6 P.M.. And
will be open till 14th December from 11 am to 7 pm daily.
The theme of this 6 days drawings and paintings exhibition is Ganesha. Ganesha
is an artist’s delight. Veneration apart, the deity lends itself to be
conceptualised in a zillion ways and artists revel in doing so. In fact, the
pot-bellied God kindles the imagination of the artists to portray him in myriad
ways. Be it on paper, canvas, wood, metal, terra-cotta et al Ganesha or Vinayaka,
the lord of the remover of obstacles, one of the favourites from the pantheon,
is represented in various manifestations. The elephant-headed god is depicted in
various ways ranging from figurative to the abstract.
The five artists, holding this exhibition are bound by the theme of Ganesha.
Barring Ramesh who sketches the deity in black and white, the other artists
indulge in interplay of colours. Some of the imagery is interesting some of the
Ramesh Babu thinks in black and white. The head of the deity is predominant in
most of them. The vahana is conspicuous as it is placed on either one side. The
detailing of each drawing is intricate. There is a certain amount of lyricism in
both the sitting and standing Vinayakas.
Chitra paints somewhat colourful Ganeshas - abstract figures to some extent
against a colourful canvas. Most of these images give the impression of being in
the air - floating in a vacuum. The swirls of strokes in some cover the image to
Srichandra’s portrayals can be termed as decorative. For, the artist uses floral
and leaf motifs all around the central painting of the God. The deity is mostly
represented in the frontal view and in seated posture. One depicts Ganesha as
Krishna standing and playing the flute! Two other interesting compositions
include those using different-shaped leaves. Chandra has a geometric Ganesha
Ganeshas of Bala Bhaktha Raju are characterised by red tilak across the vibhuti
on the forehead, the mouse (vahana) and a black serpent around the waist. Most
of them are the conventional depictions barring one which has the veena in hand.
They are in various hues and only one is coloured in blue in the head, while the
legs are in white.
Udaya Bhaskar provides the ‘stained glass’ effect to his Ganeshas wherein he
paints them in brown and red. While one is a full form, the other is a profile.
His other depictions are vivid depictions and one of them, a multi-coloured work
has just the head and trunk with tusks sans eyes.
There may be hundreds of artists and people painting Ganeshas or being inspired
by Vinayaka as they feel an immeasurable freedom particularly in the contouring
the shape of the deity. Vigneshwara is invoked first and his blessings sought
before the worship of any God or the initiation of any event or activity.
Expressing the God visually in art is also spiritual and creative activity for
artists in India. For these five artists it is an ongoing process and they find
an ultimate bliss in this journey with the God.
The exhibition is sponsored by Monsanto.
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