Independence Day is an inspiring day when one can really see different people from various cultures, work fields and religions coming together to celebrate. An artistic effort has been made by artists like Sudip Roy, Kanchan Chandra, Krishna Dutta, Lokesh Verma, Laxman Aekey and Manoj Dutta, to name a few, who have exhibited their paintings and worked on a single theme, ‘Kites'. The exhibition has been conceptualised by Manish Malhan and Neena Gulati.
“A kite is symbolic in so many ways. The kite is related to independence; it floats in the air and gives us a feeling of freedom. A kite, like an independent country, is free,” says Chandra . “The kite has been made the theme of the exhibition with the idea of celebrating Independence and the coming of the monsoon.”
Chandra has produced one painting for the exhibition, which is semi-abstract. She has done a playful painting remembering her son as a young child flying a kite, using red, yellow and other bright colours. “I have done the painting in a very playful mood. When I think of this season, I remember my son's and my own childhood days, flying kites on the terrace. Those were playful and independent days.”
Sudip Roy, a renowned painter, has painted Radha-Krishna on a kite. Sharing his idea, he says, “Radha-Krishna are a symbol of love and peace. It has become very important to depict peace in today's world.” Roy has displayed two of his works. One of the paintings shows the increasing population and pollution in Delhi. “Like a kite flies past another, a car overtakes another on the road. And like there are many kites in the sky, there are cars on the road,” explains Roy.