Exhibition Five emerging artists give a new dimension to themes that range from mythology to rustic life. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo

The paintings on display at Alankritha Art Gallery are not underlined by a unifying theme. We spot a few long, narrow paintings placed along with larger works. Beyond the parameters of size and format, the paintings offer a variation in colours, themes and narrative styles. The exhibition, Mystic Five, brings together works of five artists — Anand Panchal, Arvind Kolapkar, Dilip Chaudhury, Nityam Singha Roy and Sanjay Raut — with a display of 4 to 6 paintings by each artist.

Anand Panchal's paintings of Buddha are contrasted by his works depicting life in a rural setting. The long, narrow format is one of the artist's favourite and he uses it well to draw attention. In fluid strokes of blue and white, he paints portraits of young village girls, places a cow in the background of a painting showing a man and a woman and leads into a rustic setting without overtly trying to give his work an earthy touch.

Arvind Kolapkar uses bright acrylics on canvas to paint happy pictures of a couple enjoying each other's company. He doesn't vary the form much and the change in mood comes primarily from the background colour in each of his paintings, varying from blue to green and red. Swans and a flute are motifs that heighten the sense of harmony.

Dilip Chaudhury, who hails from Kolkata, pays tribute to the famed rickshawallahs of the city. A typical day in the life of a rickshawallah come to fore — a rickshaw puller in action, a rickshaw lying idle, or a rickshaw puller in conversation with a group of people. The background colours are smudged to add to the surreal quality and Chaudhary uses contrasting tones to add drama to his paintings.

Sanjay Raut paints in earthy strokes of golden browns and turmeric yellow and leads us into veda paathshaalas. The young students, smeared with vermillion in their foreheads, are absorbed in study and prayer. Nityam Singha Roy's works, meanwhile, focus on Radha and Krishna. He uses acrylic on canvas to convey the sense of togetherness.

The exhibition is on view till March 17 at Alankritha Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur. Mystic Five is an exhibition that attempts to focus contemporary art through paintings of up and coming artists. However, it's disappointing to note that the gallery does not display the title of the painting and the name of the artist besides each work on display and a viewer is informed of the details only on request.