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An arty take on cricket

Sahil Magoo , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 08, 2013
First Published: 17:51 IST(8/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:01 IST(9/5/2013)

A one-of-its kind exhibition in the city celebrates the spirit of the game of cricket and the Delhi Daredevils team. It will see 15 artists from across the country showcasing their artworks, which are in the form of cricket bats. Titled Batting for Art, the exhibit will feature 15 distinctly designed bats that reflect the creative impulses and styles of the artists.

Artists participating in this show include Paresh Maity, Seema Kohli, Neeraj Goswami and Binoy Varghese, among others. The artworks on display will showcase a wide range of themes from the mythological figure of Krishna as the hero of the game to the colourful game of cricket.

“The theme of my installation is the, Golden Bat of Hope. Cricket inspires us and gives us hope for the future to achieve greater heights in life. As a nation, nothing is beyond our reach if we put our heart and soul into it,” says Goswami.

“I am an ardent fan of cricket and I am very happy to be associated with this programme that highlights art as well as cricket. My bat installation depicts the pitch and the greenery associated with the ground, almost like a landscape,” says Yusuf Arakkal, one of the artists.

The initiative, conceptualised by the domestic T20 team in collaboration with A4A (Arts for All), brings out a mix of eclectic contemporary Indian creativity that celebrates art and cricket.

“Like sport, art challenges boundaries, of the body as well as the mind. For some artists, the game was alien, but the spirit of cricket is a contagious one. All of them enjoyed working on this new form,” says Puja Bahri, curator of the exhibition.

These five feet high installations will be up for sale today and the proceeds will go to the A4A residency programme.

Catch it live
What:
Batting for Art
Where: ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakyapuri
When: Today
Time: 7.30pm onwards

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