Saturday, March 15, 2014

Terrafly, The Elephanta Festival, Stalked and more..


( work by K S Radhakrishnan)
Art Musings gallery, Mumbai presents a solo show of sculptures by renowned sculptor, K S Radhakrishnan. The show is titled, ‘Terrafly’ and on display will be the exquisite small and large scale sculptures in various mediums. 
The show will be hosted at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Auditorium hall and will preview on 20th March 2014 and on view till 25th March 2014.
Terrafly will be on show later at Art Musings Gallery from 26th March to 15th April 2014.

( work on display)
DakshinaChitra, Chennai will be presenting the works of eminent painter, Alphonso Arul Doss, under the title, ‘Retrospective’. It will be a collection of his paintings and drawings since the 1950s until now. There are about 60 works on display that include realistic portraits, water colours, and signature paintings on Christ, Nataraja and time and space series.
The artist was a professor and the principal of a prestigious college of arts and crafts for many years and groomed many famous and talented artists of today. He painted in the period when India was still a young nation and artists were eagerly exploring new facets of freedom and how they could relate to it through their paintings.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the National award in 1988. His works are in galleries and collections all over the world. He has held several one man shows in India, Holland, USA, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Bangkok.

The show is on view till 25th March 2014.

The Elephanta Festival 2014

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is organising the 25th edition of Elephanta Festival. The schedule of the event planned is as follows:

March 15, 2014 at Gateway of India 6:00 pm onwards - 

National and international artists like kathak dancer and actress, Prachee Shah; vocalist and tabla player, Pundit Raja Kale; Indian classical flute maestro, Pundit Hariprasad Chaurasia, saxophonist and composer, George Brooks and harpist, Gwyneth Wentick will enthrall audience with their performance.
March 16, 2014 at Gateway of India 6:00 pm onwards -

National and international artists like Indian classical dancer and Marathi actress, Tejaswini Lonari; sufi vocalist and Hindi playback singer, Kavita Seth; kathak dancer, Anu Sinha and sitar maestro, Nishat Khan will add charm to the serene evening.
March 15, 2014 – March 16, 2014 - Heritage Walk at Elephanta Caves 11:00 am onwards
Renowned academicians Dr Suraj Pandit and Mr Sandeep Dahisarkar will take the participants through a guided tour of the Elephanta Caves.

March 15, 2014 – March 16, 2014 – Sculpting and Painting Contest @ Elephanta Caves
08:30 am – 03:00 pm

The contest is open to all and the entry for the festival is free.


Offroad Films presents a solo exhibition of photographs by artist and filmmaker Aishwarya Arumbakkam. The exhibition opens up with an introductory talk by the artist followed by the launch of a limited edition zine. Images and words dodge and find each other in this zine that acquires the voice of a victim enduring stalking. Urgent and in the present tense, the zine battles with several complex emotions like fear, violation, guilt, withdrawal, frustration and resistance.The artists in collaboration are Kabini Amin and Bhavana Vyas Vipparthi.

Opening at Atta Galatta this photography exhibition “Stalked” is an essay of photographs that gives voice to the alarmingly unspoken, ignored and misrepresented trauma of stalking in an attempt to trigger understanding and dialogue. Through the medium of black  and white film photography, the artist portrays a vicarious experience of trauma by expressing the victim’s battle with the intangible encounter and the scars it leaves behind on them. All the people featured in the photographs are victims of stalking.

The show is on view at 7:00 pm onwards on 20th March 2014.

( News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Life in the spiritual lane
The paintings display myriad inspirations that form diverse styles
( work on display)
Every once in a while all of us need a little inspiration. It could be from anywhere – nature, spirituality, an incident or an individual. It is exactly this which is reflected in the collection of paintings on display at Alankritha Art Gallery. Titled ‘Life Inspired’, this collection of paintings by three artists; M.S. Vasu, Nirmal Karmakar and Avinash Deshmukh, showcases little things that they draw inspiration from.
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Nirmal Karmakar for instance draws his inspiration from Krishna. His series of paintings all showcase Krishna in various moods and situations – in one place he is lost in his music and in others he shares tender moments with Radha. Even as Nirmal celebrates Krishna as the true Indian hero, the focus in most of his paintings seems to be on the face and its myriad expressions with an intelligent use of colour and brush strokes.
( work on display)
M.S. Vasu on the other hand depicts a series of sermons being delivered by a monk to all the living beings in nature. From an elephant to a bird, the monk delivers sermons to every living being, with each creature signifying a Brahma Rishi. The message he wants to pass on is that everybody listens keenly when a monk preaches. All the while his works celebrate the various elements of nature and have an air of serenity about them. He uses immense detailing in the backdrop of his paintings with religious symbology and scriptures.
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Avinash Deshmukh’s works on the other hand stand apart; he celebrates the innocence of childhood while breaking away from the spiritual line of thought. His series of art works using acrylic on canvas all explore the various moods of two children – a girl and a boy as they go about their lives. From the amazement and wonder of discovering something new to the calm innocence in their sleeping faces, he explores every mood that a child undergoes.
( work on display)
This exhibition of paintings is on view till March 15 at Alankritha Art Gallery.

(Report by Ranjani Rajendra for The Hindu)

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