If you mention the colours saffron, green, blue and white to an Indian, he or she is sure to relate them with the National Flag. It is these colours which have inspired eight renowned abstract Indian artists, to come together for a group show titled Spandan – The Colours of India.
45 artworks by Niren Sengupta, Niladri Paul, Alka Raghuvanshi, Sudip Roy, Nupur Kundu, Shridhar Iyer, Hem Raj and Manisha Gawade are on display.
As a run up to the Independence Day celebrations, the art show brings together the hues of freedom. “All the artists participating, are pioneers and specific to their styles of works,” says Rajan Arora, curator.
Arora adds that the works select an aesthetic choice of colours and have a freshness in their style. “We conceptualised the theme four months ago. Since all the artists are busy and travel a lot, it was difficult to bring them all together, even for a shoot where they wore clothes in the colours of freedom.”
When artists paint abstracts, the connections of their roots are often visible. For instance, Manisha Gawade’s work portrays Indian monuments on one canvas. Gawade uses colours such as orange and black to bring out the architectural richness of India. Similarly, the orange patches in Niren Sengupta’s work Joy of Abundance have a strong lustre.
Even the orange on blue backdrop in Alka Raghuvanshi’s Magical City series captivates a viewer’s eye. “The images of a city stay in my mind when I travel and the same is expressed when I go in a meditative state to paint. Nothing looks more beautiful than Indian cities in monsoon,” says Raghuvanshi. The blue backdrop of her canvas portrays this, and the time when we get set to celebrate August 15.
Catch it live
What: Spandan – The Colours of India
Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
When: August 10 to 15
Timings: 11am to 7pm
Nearest metro station: Jor Bagh on Yellow Line
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