Folklore and legend come alive in an ongoing group exhibition in the Capital - Roop Katha. The exhibition, which has been curated by Ina Puri, sees celebrated artists such as Anjolie Ela Menon, Paresh Maity and Sakti Burman explore long forgotten stories from their childhood.
The Bengali legend of two princes, Lal Kamal and Neel Kamal, who battled an army of demons, finds a novel form in artist Sanjay Bhattacharya’s work. “I love the Bengali fairy stories from Thakurmar Jhuli (Grandmother’s Bag of Stories) - the traditional Bengali anthology of myths, as I have grown up with them. The stories translate into art easily because they are simple and narrate the relentless war between good and evil,” says Bhattacharya.
Anjolie Ela Menon says that the power of childhood narratives and fantasies has crept into her canvas. A new composition, Independence Day, by the artist, captures the innate fascination of children for colourful fairy tales. “Barring a brief period of Parisian influences, Indian art has always relied on its narratives and lore,” she says.
Artist Paresh Maity has let his fairy tales run amok in a brand new installation, The Flying Dream, in wood, mixed media and mirror. “My installation is a culmination of several mythologies and is a new metaphor for a man-woman relationship,” says Maity.
For artist Manu Parekh, the “element of fantasy, which is the root of every fairy tale, is a survival mechanism in art and in life”.