For an artist, inspiration can be found anywhere, but if a group of like-minded artists are taken to one of the most serene destinations in the country, the result, too, will be serene and beautiful.
That’s what happened when Delhi-based art enthusiast Promila Bahri and gallerist Bhavna Kakar crafted a concept of taking a group of nine artists from Delhi and Mumbai to Ananda, an international spa destination near Rishikesh. The idea behind this art retreat was simple: the artists, including Dilip Chobisa, Justin Ponmany, GR Iranna, Seema Kohli, Shivani Agarwal, Tushar Joag and others, were supposed to rejuvenate and get inspired from their surroundings.
“We wanted these artists to experience bliss and interpret it in their artworks,” says Bahri. Kakar adds, “Over the years as a gallerist and curator, I’ve had great camaraderie and friendship with this group of artists who found an environment away from the cacophony of daily routine and it became the perfect blend of art and retreat. The works that have resulted are exceptional.”
During the four-day stay at Ananda, some artists began their work right away, while others enjoyed the luxuries and discussed art politics. But now, they’re all geared up for the exhibition that opens today at Latitude 28. Titled, Ananda The Bliss, the show has works across media such as sculptures and installations.
While artist Pooja Iranna has created a sculpture made of staple pins, Prajakta Potnis has used stones for her sculpture. Artist Manjunath Kamath, explaining his work, says, “In all my work, surroundings are very important and that’s what I’ve embedded in this work too. I’ve tried to show how no matter in which environment a man is put in, he still longs for some other place and how human mind wanders.” His water and acrylic on paper painting shows a man carrying a hybrid plant with some exotic flowers and fruits inside an ancestral house.
WHAT: Ananda The Bliss
WHERE: Latitude 28, F/208, Lado Sarai
ON TILL: January 18
TIMING: 11am to 7pm
NEAREST METRO STATION: Qutab Minar on the Yellow Line
(The writer’s trip was sponsored by Latitude 28 and Gallery of Galleries)