Melange of colour

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Art An exhibition of paintings by nine artists on various themes is on display in the city

Effort on canvas Sheela Saini's Maharashtrian woman
Effort on canvas Sheela Saini's Maharashtrian woman

A n exhibition of paintings by nine students of Narendra Rai, on display at the State Gallery of Fine Art stands true to the facet of creativity and colour, as part of Abhyas— a platform that showcases works of the students.

Neha Agarwal's works portray folk culture and mythology. Her interpretations in water colour of Shakuntala and Menaka bring forth the form and grace of the female body. The artist has made use of unusual colour schemes as well. Sheela Saini's works have been inspired by the works of Dinanath Dalal. The paintings are based on Indian mythology and portray the deities Ganga and Saraswati. The feminine forms she portrays are elegant. The other paintings depict Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. Her depiction of the Maharashtrian woman is exquisite. She brings out the subject with a bold use of colour.

Pooja Mangtani's works are striking and intricate, with great attention she has paid to the detailing of the subject. Inspired by A. A. Almelkar's works, her subjects are flamboyant representations of women and mythological figures like Ganesha. Realistic interpretations of animals by Ankita Sanghi show an extensive study of the subject. Her portrayals of various birds put forth her obsession with realism. Each feather and each wrinkle of the claw is as close to the real thing as possible. While some interpretations use bold colours, others have softer tones. Acrylic works by Samiksha Jain stand out in the gallery with defined lines, curves and colours. She has used two themes— floral and musical instruments. In the ‘Jhankar' series, she has used musical instruments in abstractthemes. Using deep colours, Samiksha's works are successful in conveying the subject and theme. Janki Dubey's rural depictions and Bhavika Agarwal's still-life interpretations use great technique. Amreesh Dekonda's acrylic works in the abstract format manage to create an impression. His interpretation of Lord Krishna as the blue-bodied free spirit is exquisite, as it spills over with devotion and musical fervour that grasps the figure clasping a flute .

The exhibition is on view till November 27.


Pooja Mangtani's works are striking and intricate




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