Dhoomimal Gallery took time out for those desirous of appreciating art. A report.
When 25 artists come under one roof, the exhibition of their works becomes more like a celebration. One such celebration took place at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre. The exhibition opened up a reservoir of camaraderie across cultures, traditions and different facets of life. The show, `Appreciating Art', was a Dhoomimal gallery tribute to the battery of artists associated with the galleryfor the last few decades. From the likes of Maqbool Fida Hussain to relatively lesser known yet talented artists like Bimal Das Gupta, the show had a great deal of versatility. If acclaimed artist F.N. Souza weaved magic with his amazing lines, Anjolie Ela Menon's work were more figurative with immense depth. Asked about the perennial source of his works, Professor Niren Sen Gupta, one of the 25 artists said, "With an element of spirituality in my brush, I try to depict peace of mind". Talking about the theme of his work another artist Suhas Nimbalkar said, "My works have no references, they are abstracts that speak their own language."
If the show had artists who were inspired by human life then there were also those who appreciated natural beauty Subrata Kundu was one such artist whose work was an inspiration from Leh and Ladakh. Catching viewers' imaginations was also Arpana Caur's works on Buddha, like her other creations, this one also depicted tremendous dynamism and depth of feeling. The exhibition, which showcased the best of Indian contemporary art basically focussed on art as an investment. To make it easy for the viewers to decide, artists were categorised in three groups on the basis of their seniority and their market value. If group A had five artists including Hussain and Menon then group B consisted of 10 artists. . Though group C had five lesser-known artists nevertheless their potential was also apparent in their works. The entire showhad something to offer all. It was a treat for those who understand, appreciate and make art a part of their life.