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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Bangalore, February 05, 2013
Delhi-based artist Anirudh Krishnamani has been forced to take down three paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses — deemed offensive by an unidentified person — from his exhibition in Bangalore.

The police descended on the gallery at Chitrakala Parishath on Monday after getting a call that a nude painting of Kali, another of Shiva embracing Sati, and one of Mohini (Lord Vishnu’s avatar) with a partially exposed upper half were in bad taste.

The 22-year-old artist, son of MN Krishnamani, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court, came under pressure a day after governor HR Bhardwaj inaugurated his exhibition at the city’s premier college of fine arts.

“This is not the first time an artist is facing such pressure (from the culture police). Look at (MF) Husain,” Anirudh said on Tuesday.

His father said he would seek a letter from the college stating the reasons for removing the paintings so that he could take up the matter legally.

Chitrakala Parishath’s chief administrative officer R Sreedhar said, “Police informed us there might be a law and order situation. Our permanent exhibits are worth crores. Keeping this in mind, we decided to remove the three paintings.”

Ravikante Gowda, DCP of Bangalore central division, said the police had gone to the college to maintain peace.