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Strokes of freedom

Chetna Dua , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 21, 2013
First Published: 16:46 IST(21/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:03 IST(22/8/2013)

An upcoming exhibition in the city will be displaying works by 11 Delhi-based artists, expressing their views on freedom. Titled, Colours of Freedom, the show aims to encourage youngsters to re-think the meaning of freedom.

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“Nothing stimulates one’s mind like a painting. One can attend a lot of debates and seminars, but sometimes, a picture just makes the point much more sharply,” says Shalini Vig Wadhwa, co-founder of Renge Art — a Gurgaon-based group that has organised the exhibition.

The highlight of the show is a painting, titled Saadhak, that portrays a man trying to run but is still trapped in worldly strings, by artist Kamal Nath. “The painting expresses our struggle to break free from the shackles around us that bind us to reality,” says Nath.

For duo Manav Maini and Navneet Ahuja- corporate professionals who left their job to take up photography-freedom means the opportunity to bridge the gap between thoughts and reality, as portrayed in their work that’s displayed at the exhibition. A section of the showcase is dedicated to ‘freedom of women’. A painting by Vikas Bhardwaj, depicting the freedom of today’s woman vis-a-vis yesteryears, will be unveiled on Saturday.

Since the theme is freedom, patriotic colours have been used in abundance in the various artworks. “Most of the paintings use liberal doses of saffron, green and white to evoke a sense of patriotism among the viewers,” says Gopa Kumar, Renge Art. “August is the month of freedom. But I think, even though we are free from the British rule, we would truly be free only when we get freedom from corruption,” adds Wadhwa.


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