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Art that beckons attention

A collection of paintings procured from various artists is on display at the Bimba - The Art Hut, till May 23, in the city. A review.

BIMBA-THE Art Hut is exhibiting some of its collection of paintings which comprise pencil drawings, ink drawings, water colours, Thanjavur and tribal paintings which itbuys from artists and exhibits them periodically.Amalore seems to have discovered a side to his skill of which he has been hitherto unaware. His drawings of different types of boats on the sea front are known; but his pencil drawings of the panoramic views of the temples of Kailasanatha and Ekambareshwar in Kanchipuram are indeed exemplary.

From the results he has achieved, it is obvious that he has enjoyed taking up this commission.

Prem Rajan has sketched some old Islamic, Mughal and colonial architectural spots such as the tomb of Idmad-ud-Daula in Agra, the Gateway at Fatehpur Sikri, Charminar in Hyderabad, Southern Railway offices and the Art Gallery of the Government Museum in Chennai.

A few Thanjavur paintings by Uma Nagaraj attract attention; the Kirtimukhas are an unusual subject to have been taken up in this genre; her Kaliyanarthana too is good. She has also done a photo-decorative art of Lord Venkateswara; on a print of the Lord's picture she has stitched beads, textiles and artificial flowers and garland painstakingly that it looks like a painting in three-dimension.

The Mysore painting in miniature size, depicting Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhudevi by Namitaa is charming.

Several water colours of rural scenes handled in the classical technique of the medium by Manas prove his talent.

Belonging to a tribal community of Orissa, he was earlier dealing only with tribal paintings, but has taken to watercolours recently. His small format, tribal art on silk, is an excellent example of that style, and they make good gift items.

Two flowers done with knife in acrylics by "Mummy" are also commendable.

The show is on till May 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Unfortunately, though the paintings are quite good, they get lost in the clutter of other craft and textile items, which are the mainstay of Bimba.


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