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Prakriti, the Creative Feminine: When art defines feminine divinity

Folk artworks will be exhibited on the International Women’s Day in the Capital, to pay tribute to womanhood.

art and culture Updated: May 01, 2017 17:01 IST
Henna Rakheja
An artwork, The Three Goddesses, will be on display at the upcoming exhibition.
An artwork, The Three Goddesses, will be on display at the upcoming exhibition.

India is famous for its various art forms. And, one can catch a glimpse of her fabulous creative DNA in the Capital, at the exhibition titled Prakriti: The Creative Feminine. Where 158 works of 80 Indian folk artists would pay a tribute to women.

An artwork titled The Goddess.

“The exhibition is opening on International Women’s Day (March 8), thus, the focus is on women. I’ve used the physiological terminology the right side, the creative side, is the female side,” says Alka Pande, the curator of the show.

Divided in four sections, this show presented by Tulika Kedia has artworks- painitngs, sculptures, masks etc that define feminine divinity, works that can be interpreted differently by the viewers, some depict recent events in society and others show some offbeat themes. “There’re also sculptures like The Eternal Gaze. Gond art used on them gives a 3D appeal with minimal colour,” says Kedia, having largest collection of indigenous arts in the world,” says Kedia, who says that she has the largest collection of indigenous arts in the world.

A sculpture titled The Eternal Gaze.

The exhibition also shows the transition of folk art from the traditional to the modern. Examples of these are the works titled The Goddess and The Modern Boudoir.

The Modern Boudoir, an artwork to be displayed at the exhibition.

“In today’s world there’s internet in rural India too. Do you think folk artists don’t look at it? They are affected by it. Technology has transcended all boundaries,” says Pande, the curator.

The artists agree to the changes in approach as well. “I have been making Gond art since the age of about 15 years. Earlier we used to make a brush out of bamboo and today we at times use rotring pens. Also, there were natural colours used earlier unlike acrylics today,” says Dilip Shyam, 37-year-old Gond artist. He adds that the figures as they were created earlier have changed with time and become modern too.

CATCH IT LIVE
  • What: Prakriti: The Creative Feminine
  • Where: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
  • When: March 8 to 12
  • Timings: 11am to 7pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on Yellow Line