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Behind the facade

art and culture Updated: Jun 07, 2012 15:12 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
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After reaching his self-determined milestone of 35 years in his field, Pune-based architect Pramod Pendse decided it was time to let out the artist within. Through his travels across India for projects involving heritage sites, palaces, museums and temples, he got, as he says, “an in depth and intensive exposure to the treasure trove of cultural richness of our country.”

It was on these journeys that he began playing with the idea of capturing those images on paper for eternity. Those thoughts finally culminated with his show.

His exhibition, On The Threshold, will be on at the Jehangir Art Gallery from June 13 and will highlight doors, balconies and facades of some known and not-so-known monuments and buildings, in pen, pencil and watercolour. His USP, he says, is his vocation. “As I am an architect, I am able to bring in details and proportions that are not only artistic, but also pretty close to real dimensions and proportions. It took me 35 years to build up the courage to finally hold my first solo exhibition.”

Vishrambaug Wada, Pune:
“Though I was born and brought up in Pune, I was amazed to see the craftsmanship on display here. And there was such intricate detailing that you have to see it to believe it”

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kerala:
“Gable roofs are common in South Indian palaces. This palace is built using wood. That adds to the aura, as does the intricate work on it”

Mysore Palace, Karnataka:
“It is magical. The British architects did a brilliant job in keeping the doorways proportionate to the opulent halls inside”

Taj Mahal, Agra:
“I travelled to all corners of India to capture its heritage. So why not capture one of our most popular monuments? The doorway is small, but the grandeur around it is brilliant”

On the Threshold will be displayed at Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, from June 13 to 19. Timings: 11 am to 7 pm.