Indian history is full of examples where art has paid loving homage to light and festivities, whether in the splendid Mughal paintings, the Pahari miniatures or the oleographs of Raja Ravi Varma. Each artist has re-imagined the lights and splendor of festivals in their own way. During the current collective exhibition of paintings entitled Light on the canvas: veiled in light by Masuram Ravikanth, Megha Shankar, Nayanna Kanodia, Priyanka Aelay, Ramani Mylavarapu and Renuka Sondhi Gulati at the Kalakriti Art Gallery, expect an eclectic selection of works of art that resonate with all that makes light so special.
Commenting on the exhibition, Rekha Lahoti, founder of the Kalakriti Art Gallery, said, “We have planned this group exhibition as part of our month-long Diwali celebrations. The works of art on display are an interesting mix, each different from the others in their approach, but connected by their representation of the relationship between man and nature. For Hyderabad-based artist Priyanka Aelay, her works were supposed to be on display at another gallery in Delhi, but this has been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. “I am really happy to present my works in Hyderabad first. I did the paintings last year during the pandemic when there were no physical exhibits and only a few online exhibits, ”she says. Priyanka’s acrylic on canvas presents an interesting take on the Indian miniature style by layering it on top of flora and fauna.
The works of urban artist Ramani Mylavarapu feature digital canvas prints, inspired by the global women’s movement and its recent manifestation in India. “I used the metaphor of art history to show my concern and chose the pastiche (an artistic work in a style that mimics that of another work, artist or period). Light inside is an interesting hybridization (combination of famous Indian artworks (SL Haldankar’s Glimmer of hope) with the work of a famous western artist – Vincent Van Gogh’s The Potato Eaters (1885) ”, says Ramani, adding:“ The resulting pastiche is intended to highlight the way in which women uplift and alleviate the difficulties of domestic life. I inserted myself into the picture like the girl with the lamp projecting the glow and the rays of hope. As I come from a farming family, this reflects the difficulties of many farmers. As a feminist, I have emphasized the role of women in a family – to be a motivating and unifying force. Paying homage to the unrecognized role of women in the family as mother, sister and wife and showing light in the dark or in difficult situations. Other interesting works of art in the show are the Royal gaze series (acrylic on canvas) by artist Masuram Ravikanth and Renuka Sondhi Gulati Travel through nature (oil and acrylic on canvas) on display.
The exhibition continues until November 30, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Road No 4, Banjara Hills (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
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