Painting to save a life
The paintings, on show only on a Facebook page, depict different aspect of life. However, beneath all these layers of colour one can also see the pain of a wife who is fighting for the life of her husband, we can see the struggle of a daughter who desperately wants to hold her father’s hand. To handle the expenses of her husband’s cancer treatment, the artist has taken up the brush after 30 years. Visit the page and buy the paintings to help a family through a difficult journey. www.facebook.com/paintingsforlife. Call Mayank at 9310797184
If you want to experience Indian art as it is seen in the modern era, then a show titled Silences Within explores just that. Artist Biplab Biswas’ works straddle many planes simultaneously inspired by the cultural ethos, while Asit Patnaik’s canvases are awash with the mystery of autumn. Ramachandran Pokle’s work are marked by beautiful flying birds. April 15-May 15, 11am-7pm, Pearl Art Gallery, 185, K/3, New Friends Colony. Call: 9818642570
Insightful takes on feminity
Three cheers for woman power as Maayaa, a group exhibition of photographs and video installations with a focus on women artists, provides a take on image making that is both insightful and expansive. Maayaa is a show which captures the perception of feminity from a feminine viewpoint. The show features works by Ashima Tiwari, Kausiki Sarma, Moushumee K Jha, Nishat Rehman, Nin Taneja, Puja Bahri, Sakshi Gambhir, Shoba Jolly and Shubhra Chaturvedi and offers a variety of viewpoints that explore various facets of feminity. April 20-29, Arpana Caur Gallery, Siri Fort Institutional Area. Call 9810015869 ,
For a safe environment
We may be taking Mother Earth for granted in our day to day life, but if you want to retrospect and celebrate Earth Day, head to The American Centre, this weekend. The centre is celebrating Earth Day Mela with film screenings, a music concert and art-music-imaging workshops to appreciate the environment. The two-day programme will begin with the screening of Disneynature film Earth. The evenings will be celebrated with a puppet performance. April 21-22, The American Centre, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place. Call: 23316841
Perceptions and reflections
The camera documents and archives the very early stages in its history when it veered towards the opposite intention — of disguise, selective concealment, the ability to delude. Surveillance and altered perception are as much part of the camera’s visual potential as is the highly visible documentary process. The set of works in this edition of Video Wednesdays plays with this notion through the camera. April 25, 11am-7pm, Gallery Espace, New Friends Colony. Call 26922947
Honouring the legend
To mark the birth anniversary of the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, a film festival is being held next week in Greater Noida. Phalke gave India its first full length feature with his 1913-debut Raja Harishchandra. Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2012 will showcase various films features, animations, documentaries etc along with workshops and seminars related to cinema. Watch out for Onir’s award-winning feature I Am, Pune-based filmmaker Gauri Warudi’s documentary Padharo Mhare Des, a road trip through Rajasthan among others.
April 29-30, YMCA, Greater Noida, call 9582320467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring diverse genres
If you are fascinated by the art and culture of Bengal, then here’s your chance to see the past and present of Bengali art. The exhibition, titled Banglar Sur — Tunes of Bengal by Nitanjali Art Gallery, will have thirty artists manifest the spirit of Bengali culture. Their works reveal multiple dimensions of diverse palettes and genres. Their metaphors and story lines range from the concrete to the imagined. Throughout their work is the strong Bengali sense of originality of the arts and culture.
April 18-23, 11am - 7pm, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, call 46054079 for details
Dilip Ranade, an artist who calls himself a connoisseur of the whimsical and the idiosyncratic, will present his body of work in a show titled The Decrypted Self. Ranade’s works inhabit the conscious decisions and unconscious gestures of daily life; it veins the relationships and transactions through which we record our presence in the world. Through his allegories, we attend to the versatility of the human subject, as relayed through the melancholy and hair-raising stories of our lives..
On till April 25, 11am-7pm, F 213 A, Lado Sarai. Visit www.gallerythreshold.com for details