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Celebrating the joy of colours

Navleen Kaur Lakhi , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, February 20, 2014
First Published: 09:59 IST(20/2/2014) | Last Updated: 10:08 IST(20/2/2014)

It's the time of the years when the nip in the air turns to warmth, silence turns to chirps and dry leaves are replaced by blooming flowers -- spring gives you various reasons to delve in its colourful happiness. "


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This happiness is now being celebrated by five artists from different cities on the nation, who have come together to display their colours in an exhibition called A Letter To Spring, put together by Kadamb Art.

Artists Ram Chandler Pokale from New Delhi, Nirmala Singh from Noida, Jaya Daronde from Kurukshetra, Ragini Sinha from Gurgaon and Anubhav Som from Chandigarh are exhibiting their works at Hotel Aquamarine, Sector 22, Chandigarh from February 18 to 21. We meet two female artists, talk about their work:

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Nirmala Singh

Though her connection with Chandigarh is old, it still remains fresh in her thoughts. Hailing from MP, Nirmala, who is currently based in Noida, used to live in Chandigarh from 1996 to 2005.

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She shares, "I used to make hand-made cards initially. Once a friend of mine gifted me an encaustic card, which I thought was very unique. I started exploring that art form and put my first exhibition of 55 artworks in Chandigarh in 1997.


This was followed by a sponsorship by the Ministry of Cultural, which helped me exhibit my work in seven cities. From Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Gulzar sahab, the exhibit was attended by many renowned faces."

From 2005 till now, painting had taken a backseat, as Nirmala got involved with poetry and short-story writing. She shares, "Picking up the brush again was a little difficult for the initial three days. The 10 works displayed here, each accompanied by a poem, took 15 days in the making."

Next on her list -- getting her poetry book, Dhoop Ke Tukde, and a short story book published.

Ragini Sinha

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2014/1/child_compressed.jpgThree works of art, showcasing bright kites on canvas, stand proud in a corner. These are the creation of artist Ragini Sinha, who is based out of Gurgaon, but hails from Bihar.

Ragini's connection with colours is quite old, as she completed her studies from College of Art, Patna. Since then, she has been working on her form of art.

About her work, which involves kites in different forms, she says, "I have been working on various theme of kites for the past four to five years. Each one in our life wants to fly; freedom is what we aspire. Patang ki dor hamesha yahi dekhti hai ki patang sahi raste par ja rahi hai. The same is the case with our lives. In some works, I have also merged folk art."

"When I draw these kites, I feel free. Their shape is such that despite having to draw them geometrically, I can turn them whichever way I want," she shares.

Till now, Ragini has had seven solo exhibitions all over India. "But I really don't have a count of the number of group exhibitions I've done so far," concludes she.

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