'Concurrents' and other exhibits

'Concurrents' brings leading artists together
An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints, titled 'Concurrents', hosted in Hyderabad was a golden opportunity for art lovers to take a look at some of the best Indian contemporary artists. It provided a glimpse of the early works done by many of the established artists. The show that summed up the current art trends was hosted at Alankritha Art Gallery. More than 50 leading artists ' senior as well as the upcoming ones ' Shaivx Chavda, M. F. Hussain, Somnath Hore, Anjoli Ela Menon, Babu Xavier, Akhilesh, Amit Ambalal, Amitava Das, Atin Basak, Arpita Singh, Babu Eshwar Prasad, Biswapati Maiti and Krishnamachari Bose, to name a few, showcased their works.

The show presented immensely diverse range of works with varied perspectives, varied genre and themes for example, an old Somnath Hore ink drawing, Altaf's monochromatic figurative and abstractions of Achutan Kudallur. There were meditative abstractions, folk allegories, personal narratives and post-modern collages.

Among the other notable artists were Jogen Chowdhury, K. Muralidharan, Krishen Khanna, Kishore Shinde, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Laxma Goud, K. C. Douglas, D. L. N. Reddy, Dipali Bhattacharya, Himmat Shah, Jatin Das, Jayashree Chakraborthy, Nalini Malani, Navjot Altaf, Owais Husain, P. Gopinath, Paresh Maity, R. B. Bhaskaran, Rabin Mondal, Rekha Rodwittiya, S. G. Vasudev, Sanat Kar, Suhas Roy, Surya Prakash, Thota Tharani and Virendra Shah.

The show provided an insight into the current trends in Indian art.

Critical moments
Artist Sananda Raj's exhibition of paintings with a message for people titled `Light' at Samskriti Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram reflected his deep social commitment. His works underline the need to generate awareness among various issues related to teenagers that are often pushed under the carpet

He exhibited 31 paintings that together depicted critical moments in an individual's life cycle, logically woven into a thematic thread. It took him four years to finish the works that deal with teenage issues, specifically the problems that they face at a critical juncture in life.

His paintings stress upon the need for a healthy interaction and an open discussion even on the issues that are often considered taboo. The works in the series are thematic illustrations that include oil paintings, collages and photo prints. The artist believes message is more important that the medium. Most of them are oil works. Some collages and graphics are also included in the section besides the selected paper cuttings.

Budding Bengal artists on view
The four young artists from West Bengal, sculptor Samsul Alam printmaker Nabanita Chakrabarthy and painters Shahjahan and Subrata came together to showcase their works at a show in the second week of February at Gallery Space, Hyderabad.

Even though they belong to the Bengal school, each artist has an individual style, approach and modes of expression. Samsul Alam collects scrap to give shape to his expressions through sculptures. If Subrata Pal believes his work is mainly objective, S. K. Shahjahan terms his compositions unconventional whereas Nabanita Chakrabarthy works through a "metamorphic language".

Subrata Pal's works feature dexterously done images of Bengal goddesses and women. To put it in his words, he tries 'to express serene romanticism" with cross hatching small strokes of color and working on definite and careful configuration of a single figure. Sculptor Alam's figures cast out of bronze, and even split and folded pipes, stove burners, nuts and bolts, treat the material as a part of his figurative compositions. The material he uses related to the theme.

If Subrata tries to express serene romanticism, Shahjahan's figurative characterizations bring out the inner dormant feelings of his subjects. His expressions epitomize various shades of human relationships. His lines are bold and forceful and so is his application of pigment.

Nabanita Chakrabarthi's serigraphs and etchings are replete with symbolism. She employs the metaphors mythological and the modern, and being the protagonist in her artwork, she justifies her space in today's world and her living a life on her own terms.

Dance sequences inspired by paintings
The city of Pune, considered the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra in Western India, hosts an unusual art event that combines art, music and dance. The program consists of dance sequences by kathak danseuse Shama Bhate inspired by five of S. H. Raza's paintings from the 'Avartan' series.

Bhate has spent last several months working on this concept that brings alive the images on canvas through dance movements. The focal point of this unique concept is the works of internationally renowned artist, S. H. Raza who will make it a point to be present for the show to be held on February 18 at the Balgandharva Rangamandir.

During the 50-minute show, she will present dance movements, reacting to the painter's work through a choreographic composition based on her years of contemplation of Kathak, her chosen medium, to materialize this idea The art exchange program has been organized by the International Institute of Interior Design, Naadroop and Sudarshan Art Gallery of Maharashtra Cultural Center,

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