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Vistas of Orissa

Manas Ranjan Parida, an alumnus of the B.K. College of Arts and Crafts, Bhubhaneshwar, is presenting his collection of landscapes for the first time in Chennai. On show at Vinyasa till April 27.

A YOUNG artist, Manas Ranjan Parida has for the first time put his talent on show for a Chennai audience. An alumnus of the B. K. College of Arts and Crafts, Bhubhaneshwar, his exhibition of watercolours titled `Anubhutee: Beginning of Colours' captures a flavour of his native state — Orissa.

A personification of the present and the past, Bhubhaneshwar's spirited modernity resonates with echoes of history. Manas' landscapes embrace the majestic grandeur of the temples of Orissa present around every street corner in a bold impressionistic style and with strong application of colours. Painting on site in the mornings, the artist succeeds in eloquently depicting the clear morning light filled with anticipation of the hustle and bustle of the day ahead. He illustrates the languid side street that will soon be teeming with life, taking on the throngs of people in its stride.

In keeping with the spontaneous quality of the watercolour medium Manas employs fluid strokes to capture fleeting sketches of dusty narrow roads with overhead cables stretched over placid buildings. Convincing depictions of space draw the viewer into the picture plane to partake of an experience of the vista beyond. Drenched in atmospheric qualities some of the paintings portray the outpourings of murky skies reciprocated by the presence of black umbrellas, while others mirror the simplicity of life in the untainted ambience of Indian villages.

Noticeable nuances of change in his artistic style are evident both in terms of the broadly laid areas of colour that at present substitute his earlier wet on wet wash technique, as well as the variations between the urban and the rural within the broad genre of landscape painting. Although working mainly on landscapes, also remarkable are his portrayal of animals as evident in his studies of goats, which are worked with a characteristic economy of line and colour.

The paintings are on display at the Vinyasa Art Gallery, Music Academy premises, TTK Road until April 27.


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