Presenting the real picture through masks

Three-day exhibition at ICCR Art Gallery from August 20

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: There's a story behind every mask. The contours of the face reveal different characters, and many moods people take on.

Capturing these moods for several years in a mask sculpture form is Inder Jit Nagia, Additional Director-General of Police (Administration). These are his experiences of life, he told mediapersons on Thursday.

In these various faces, he records his observation of the hardships of people, issues society grapples with, gives shape to these as sculptures. Prepared from crushed corals, paper and multani mitti, each piece has a name and an identity. The many moods and the circumstances would be on display at ICCR Art Gallery Kala Bhavan, where he along with his daughter would be putting up a three-day maiden exhibition. Here one can find a mask conveying the voice Mother Theresa raised against abortion, with the head in the form of the blue and white sari worn by her and the eyes and the nose shaped like a foetus in the womb. One can also catch figures from Africa, meet a mask that displays qualities of an owl, another that has turned dark after hard work, and another that shows a life of many colours. Interested in animation, she has created some pieces of birds `chirping souls' that her father says are very original.

The Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, will inaugurate the exhibition on August 20. The exhibition is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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