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Updated: September 29, 2012 19:24 IST

Brilliance from Bengal

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Beena Pradhan: Strong earthy tones. Photo: Special Arrangement
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Beena Pradhan: Strong earthy tones. Photo: Special Arrangement

Bengal has always been one of the strongest art hubs in India. Traditionally, a hotspot for influential artists and formidable avant garde movements, the state both inspires and churns out trailblazing art. Kynkyny Art’s current show ‘The Bengal Trail’ features 15 artists from West Bengal in an attempt showcase emerging artists and raise interest in new work by contemporary names.

The Bengal Trail reflects a broad range of genres, perspectives and practices. Each artist has created his/her own distinct world using a variety of material. The themes explored vary from mythology to urban alienation. The visual language ranges from the sensuous, languorous and lyrical to neo-traditional, abstract and moody. “What unifies and harmonises this multi-pitched narrative are the very contemporary sensibilities and the post-modern subtext that linger through the works. The show also maps out a unique cultural matrix, giving viewers prescient glimpses into modern Bengal’s artistic moorings,” says Namarata Radhakrishnan curator and owner of Kynkyny Art.

Artist Anjan Patra, for example, is a keen documenter of modern life. His work echo a lively, melancholic or tongue-in-cheek quality and features urban protagonists in the middle of a mundane moment. Romance drips from the mythological fairytales in Asit Kumar Sarkar’s paintings. His renditions of these ancient stories are, of course, contemporary in style. Beena Pradhan’s subjects are powerful, enigmatic women and wild, earthy tones dominate to create a ‘haunting feminine mystique’ in all her works. The Bengal Trail also features sculptures by veteran artists Bimal Kundu and Sunil Kumar Das.

Bottomline: A post-modern narrative steeped in a cultural past

The Bengal Trail

When: Oct 5 (except Sundays)

Where: Kynkyny Art, 104 Embassy Square, 148 Infantry Road, Bangalore

Contact: 91 (80) 40926202, 40926206

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