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Different strokes

DIFFERENTLY UNIQUE The works of Rajan Kadalundi, top, and Jeevanandan speak diverse languages but are united in a strange way

DIFFERENTLY UNIQUE The works of Rajan Kadalundi, top, and Jeevanandan speak diverse languages but are united in a strange way  



Two exhibitions at Durbar Hall Art Gallery are a treat of varied sensibilities



Two individual exhibitions are on at Durbar Hall Gallery, both of a different genre but a pleasing understanding about them. The ‘guru-shisya’ duo is exhibiting their most recent works. Rajan Kadalundi is the ‘guru’ and Jeevanandan the ‘shisya’.

The exhibition opens with Jeevanandan’s works. Titled ‘Tender Image 09’, they are his contribution to the society. Simplicity and honesty in each stroke are what draw you to take a closer look at his feat. Subtle pastel shades on landscapes and abstracts are his forte.

Imaginative portrayal



Be it the fishermen braving the seas or Kathakali artists performing on stage, each work is an imaginative portrayal of nature around him. A mix of oils, acrylics and watercolours on handmade paper and canvas, there are 22 works on display.

Jeevanandan’s been an art teacher since 1984 and yet takes out some time to paint for himself.

Abstracts are what the ‘guru’ Rajan Kadalundi has concentrated on this time. Bold, dark colours are his style. His portrayal of nature and society comes from the reality of ‘now’.

Striking themes

The Indian female form, independent and free from the burdens of life today; urbanisation with the nuclear families emerging and the ever increasing buildings and flats; the power of man and his many faces, both dark and bright are all part of that movement which has made an impact on Rajan’s thinking.

Thus the title ‘Dreams’, maybe the dream of a better tomorrow or the dream of what changed the past. An art teacher from the old school, who after retirement has taken up painting on a more serious level, Rajan has put up 15 works this time. Each work reflects his experience.

Both Rajan and Jeevanandan have known each other for more than 25 years. It’s their diverse languages of art that keep them bound. Their exhibitions conclude on January 29.

DIYA PURKAYASTHA

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