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art and culture Updated: Apr 23, 2010 01:25 IST
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Exhibition: Dance of The Rainbow

Artist: Ranjeeta Kant

Claim to Fame: Trained at Triveni Kala Sangam in Delhi and later under eminent artist Rameshwar Broota, Ranjeeta has held five solo shows in India and abroad. She has also participated in 13 group shows.

Theme: The artist seems to have a fascination for lotus, which is seen in many of her works. She has used a lot of greens and blues to give a tranquil and soothing effect to her collection, while brightening it with touches of red and gold.
“My body of work has been inspired by my recent visit to the island of Bali. The beauty of this lush green tropical island is mesmerising,” says Kant. Contrasting to this is the ashen landscape depicting how nature can also destroy. It has a lot of black and white stripes, giving the feel of smoke rising from a volcano.

Coolest Display: Titled ‘Kachak Dancers’, this piece depicts the age-old tradition of Bali Ramayan being enacted under the blue sky. In a twist of creativity, it is the bare-torsoed men who have a red hibiscus behind their ears and singing the verses of the ancient epic, with the woman dancer giving sensuous looks from the corner.

Artist Speak: “Nature is an inspiration; it colours and shapes my thoughts. Having lived in Kerala for long, I am really attracted to water and life near it,” says Kant. “In the present age and time there is a major threat to the environment. It’s painful to see the total disregard and lack of concern towards our environment, insensitivity towards its flora and fauna.”
Price Bracket: Rs 30, 000 to 3 lakh
On till: April 30
At: Gallerie Alternatives,
DT Mega Mall, Gurgaon.