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She fights rules of society to carve a niche

india Updated: Apr 19, 2011 01:32 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times
Minni Kumari

Different shades of struggle in human life have been displayed on canvass by the young painter Minni Kumari.

The 27-year-old painter has expressed her own struggle in a series of paintings at her first solo exhibition at the Gallerie Alternatives at Mega Mall here.

Kumari’s expression splashed on canvass in three series — Medicine and Man, Positive-Negative, Village Memories — reflects that she has the depth and understanding of society beyond her age.

“Today's man is dependent on Medicine. The more one tries to escape it, more it catches up with him,” she says, explaining one of her works. Another canvas from the series Medicine and Man shows a man struggling to swim out of a pool of medicine.

Living in a room in Badshahpur near Sohna road, this young artist from Bihar has fought the rules of society to find a niche in the world of art. This struggle is portrayed well in her series Titled Positive-Negative.

“There were a lot of apprehensions when I wanted to do fine arts. People around me thought it was useless and I should just get married. I find this though very suffocating,” she says.

Kumari has used the symbol of a scorpio from a cigarette packet to portray negativity. As one progresses through the series, you notice the inclusion of a positive element, like a hand praying for help to the almighty or trying to open a locked door. “My paintings do reflect my journey,” she says as she takes us to ‘Village Memories’.

This series has designs reminiscent of the quilting patterns quite common in her village. The colours in this series are bright and cheerful, indicating a happy childhood.

“The combination of an intelligent mind and the skill to express it through art is superb. She will definitely go places,” says Manu Dosaj, art curator and owner of Gallerie alternatives in Gurgaon.

Inspite of suffering from foot drop, the artist has toured nine cities of India to perform for the Art Karavan International last year. “Kumari has a lot of sensitivity and is thus able to express well,” says Inder Salim, project head of Art Karavan. The exhibition is on till May 16.