Thirty-two artists from nine SAARC countries will showcase their works in the Capital today during a day-long exhibition at Hotel Lalit. Titled Puducherry Blue, the exhibition is an initiative by the International Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and SEHER, a cultural organisation, to bring artists from different countries to interact and participate in each other’s creative process. The artworks on display were prepared earlier this year at a week-long camp at Puducherry in south India. “Through this initiative, we are providing a platform to these artists to be ambassadors of their nations. We want them to see each other with love and affection and not with hatred,” says Sanjeev Bhargava of SEHER, who is also the curator of this exhibition.
The artists have prepared 32 canvases depicting their varied backgrounds and different schools of thought. While artist Karma Zangmo from Bhutan created traditional tankha work in her paintings, artist Sanjeewa Kumar has depicted the elephant, an iconographic image of his country, Sri Lanka. “My piece signifies the monarchy that has ruled this part of the world for centuries. The headgear on each of the three faces signifies the King himself, the religious fundamentalist and the armed forces,” says Pakistani artist Amber Hammad.
“The exhibition will be moving to all the SAARC capitals,” says Bhargava.
Where: Hotel Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue
Time: 11 am to 9 pm