Spreading the good word about art

Portrait of a bull.

Portrait of a bull.  

They are "fighters'' of a different kind. Celebrating a long forgotten revolution, they gathered together in the place where it all began -- the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society.

It was a time to remember the good old days for some. While the young and energetic paced from one end to the other, the old paused to reflect on yesterday once more.

And to commemorate 75 years of spreading the good word about art in India, the Society is holding a national exhibition. Bringing together painters from all parts of the country, it gives senior as well as junior artists some wall space.

``In my time there were only two art galleries in the city. Now there are about 40. Only about 10 or 12 people out of a class of 50 would become professional painters. But the art movement has caught up now. Young artists are more aware, they come to Delhi to sell their paintings while they are still in college,'' claims Gokul Kishore Roy, a painter.

And while, they might be better off, they aren't necessarily serious. "Art comes from within. It takes a long time to become an art,'' he says. They might not have experience on their side but young artists are definitely demonstrating some talent.

For veteran painters like Yasin, this exhibition has meant one more laurel. Bringing back memories of his first award won, his latest is special too.

``I was a student at Lalit Kala Akademi and my professor told me that my painting was good enough to win. That was enough praise for me. I got it framed and put it up even though there was no space. I couldn't believe when I got the best exhibit award in 1959. It was wonderful,'' he remembers smiling.

A chance to see the works of many artists who might not have their names in glossy catalogues yet, this exhibition will remain open till April 13. Mixing many colours and styles, it will give viewers a glimpse into the realistic and the surreal. Inspired by nature as well as the turbulent political situation, this is the world of the artist.

The exhibition will remain open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

By Mandira Nayar

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