A documented front page of a newspaper dating August 15, 1947, highlighting reports on India’s independence, Gandhi’s fasting and praying ceremony, and Rajagopalachari’s taking over as the governor of West Bengal. Another set of confidential letters written by Jawaharlal Nehru to various state heads about prominent issues prevailing during 1940s to 60s, and artworks related to the nationalist movement by artists such as Abanindranath Tagore, Chittaprosad Bhattacharya, Gaganendranath Tagore, Hemen Mazumdar, Jamini Roy and MF Husain. Witness these works at gallery Art Bull’s latest show, Recalling Pre-Independence, currently running at Lado Sarai. Another show at Ojas Art, Mehrauli, brings in rare and unseen Indian maps from the 18th to the 20th century.
“Through these works, we are looking at the contribution of these artists towards the independence movement and simultaneously focusing on Nehru, with some rare letters of his, which will also be a part of our upcoming auction,” says Kiran Mohan, curator of the show at Art Bull, adding, “We are targeting the present generation who have only heard about those times.”
The exhibition is divided into various sections — a wall on the works of Jamini Roy, a wall dedicated to the unknown artists and a wall on photography of that time. “There are some self signed photographs of Raja Deen Dayal and Sunil Janah that show the authenticity of these pictures and makes them a collector’s item,” says Mohan. What makes these images interesting is the visual impact they bring forth through the hard-hitting and gory depiction of famines, calamities and the freedom struggle.
“As India celebrates its 66th Independence Day, it’s imperative to understand its past and the changes that were implemented both historically and geographically. The exhibition is an opportunity for art lovers to view the same and for collectors to own these original maps that were printed in England, France, Italy and the USA,” says Anubhav Nath, curatorial director, Ojas Art.
OTHER INTERESTING SHOWS AT LADO SARAI
Time will tell
Gallery Art & Aesthetic debuts in the art space with a show titled, Time will tell, Part 1. Aimed as a series, the show over the next few years, hopes to showcase fresh and promising artists. The first part begins with 10 painters and printmakers that include Alec Cumming, a British painter living and working in India since 2010, Vibhuti Sharma, a national award winner in print-making and more. “Through this series, we wish to provide a platform to the budding artists and ensure an exposure to their art practices and creative abilities,” says artist Anchal Shinde.
The possibility of Being
From Jaganath Panda’s mixed media collages to Muktinath Mondol’s oil on canvas, this art show brings in five artists immersed in image-making having a constant dialogue with painting and drawing both in terms of medium and practice. While most of the works on display are figurative, artist Ashim Purkayastha’s work is abstract. The show also has a blog. “It became a platform for various voices to meet and debate on key issues of art and society that are central to the show,” says Rahul Bhattacharya, curator of the show.