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Colourful saga on silk

TWO STARS — Satya Paul and the iconic Raza have joined hands for an artistic extravaganza — launch of the designer limited edition Raza scarves executed as a collaborative effort between the Apparao Galleries and the big design house of Satya Paul.

Sharan Apparao is a gallerist with a bold and striking sense of design. It is perhaps appropriate that as an art gallerist who professes to love fashion, she should be the driving force behind the launch of the 300 designer scarves based on four monumental works of art. Germination I, Germination II, Bindu and Amarjeev span the last ten years of Raza's artistic oeuvre and are the four paintings that have been transmuted onto fabric.

Powerful and potent in their simplicity and candour, his paintings bespeak an intensely private, introspective and meditative journey that is simultaneously autobiographical and explorative. Possessed of an abiding Indian sensibility, his is a passionate language of colour and form, which evokes poetry and music in painting. It is constantly evolving, changing, transforming reaching out to new horizons, crossing boundaries and entering the realm of the spiritual. A spirituality, which is not linked to religion but to, a personal search. His images are improvisations on an essential theme: the mapping out of a metaphorical space in the mind, which is India.

As for the saris, they come in finest crepe-de-chines, georgettes, crepe jacquard and satin jacquard have been dyed in traditional methods and the delectable embroideries on them stand out due to the fine printing.

Sharan Apparao chose the Satya Paul design house as a result of their fine translation of the artwork and their outstanding technical support. The scarves are made of twill and satin silk, their colours resplendent and dramatic. Raza will be present at the Senate House, Madras University, on February 13, (7.00 p.m.) for the launch of the limited edition of the scarves. For the residents of Chennai, it is an honour to have an artist like Raza visiting the city. One of the founders of the Bombay Progressive Artists Group, Saiyed Haider Raza has carved a permanent niche for himself in the history of Indian contemporary art. From Bhopal to Paris, his journey has been unique, bridgring the geographical divide across two continents through his visual vocabulary, which is soaked in the universal quest for excellence. Another universal tool of expression is colour of which Raza is a master. For details call: 28273396/28277695.


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