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Campus gallery makes a splash

A kilometre from the chaos of classes and the stress of assignments in Jamia Millia is a place where you can ponder over the curve of a brushstroke or linger over a particular shade of red, reports Meher Ali.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2009 01:35 IST
Meher Ali

A kilometre from the chaos of classes and the stress of assignments in Jamia Millia is a place where you can ponder over the curve of a brushstroke or linger over a particular shade of red.

This is the MF Husain Art Gallery in Jamia Millia Islamia-—the first art gallery to be established in a university in Delhi.

What differentiates this gallery from the Capital’s kaleidescope of exhibition houses is that you don’t have to be a well-known name to get a place here.

“Most galleries are commercial. Youth don't get a chance to display their works. (But in this gallery) youth are preferred,” said Professor Ghazanfar Zaidi, Dean of Faculty of Arts.

But the gallery does not just display art; it also educates the larger student community about the discipline.

Its location, next to Castro Café, helps students from other courses, who lounge about in the cafeteria, to drop in after lunch, says Professor Zaidi. "This is the only gallery in Delhi spreading aesthetic sense amongst college students."

The gallery includes a permanent collection of 65 works by prominent artists, an audio-visual room and an exhibition space for ongoing programs.

Art students who frequent the gallery say they now have an opportunity to learn about new techniques.

Meraj-un-Nabi, a 2nd year Applied Arts student, still remembers the Jammu and Kashmir art exhibition that ran from February-March 2009. "I got to see how art is happening over there. They use a lot of watercolour in their paintings. I found it very realistic."