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Young Kolkata painters leave their mark on Delhi art scene

Madhur Tankha
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Participants of a painting exhibition with their creations in New Delhi. The exhibition is open till this Monday.- Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
Participants of a painting exhibition with their creations in New Delhi. The exhibition is open till this Monday.- Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

In their first attempt to explore the art scene in the Capital, six fledgling artists from Kolkata have depicted different facets of life at their ongoing exhibition at All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society here.

Barring Alivia Mukherjee, who cleared her Masters in Arts recently, all other participants – Avijit Chandra Naha, Papri Bose, Surajit Kunda, Randadip Ghorai and Dibakar Roy – are students of arts at different colleges in the City of Joy. All of them have different artistic sensibilities but share a passion for arts.

They also have an adventurous streak in them which is why they have collaborated for this exhibition. When Durga Puja was being celebrated with pomp and glitter in the Capital, they came here and completed the formalities of hosting their first exhibition in the city.

Unlike most art exhibitions which have big sponsors or some culturally-enlightened philanthropist backing them, all the participating artists pooled in their money for this exhibition which after concluding at AIFACS this Monday will travel to Bangalore and Kolkata.

According to Alivia, since they are new to the city and have not adjusted to its way of life, they have not been able to do good business. “We have put up posters of our exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi and Jamia Millia Islamia and are relying on word-of-mouth publicity. Since we came to the city just two days before the exhibition we could not plan properly and get names of buyers. But we are hopeful of creating a mark in the city.”

Recollecting memories of her visit to Srinagar in 2010, Alivia has produced an art work which highlights the aesthetic beauty of Sufi dance.

In another painting, she shows Draupadi being disrobed to highlight the humiliation a girl goes through every time she becomes victim of eve-teasing.

In his painting titled “Make My Self” , Avijit has tried to highlight that an individual’s identity is known by the work he does.

Hardship undergone by differently-abled persons has been depicted with great sensitivity by Dibakar in his two paintings.

“Physically-challenged persons are mentally strong and have steely determination. My work salutes their will to succeed in life,” says Dibakar.

Papri has made a portrait of herself in which a lipstick has been deliberately enlarged to demonstrate that in the consumer age “lipstick is a sort of ornament for young women”.

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