Miniature art, a long-standing Indian tradition, is losing out to the ‘big and bizarre’ work. A contemporary artist struggles to work on a ‘miniature’ format as effectively without losing out on nuances. A group of artists have attempted to do just that. Some best names of Indian contemporary art, Ashok Hazra, Jayasri Burman etc, are showing their work all this month.
Till Feb 28, Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, GK-II, call 011-29217306
One doesn’t need to travel to the Kumbh Mela to see different facets of the sadhus. Rajesh Bedi’s work ‘Sadhus: The Seekers of Salvation’ is on in Delhi. Visiting the mela since his childhood, Bedi has closely interacted with the saints, some of whom he has captured through his lens. The photographer is also known for his wildlife work, and has published a coffee table book with the same title, featuring the images that look at the lives of these god-men.
Until Feb 14, 11am to 7pm, Sunday open, Triveni Kala Sangam, call 011- 23718833 for details
Presentations in art
Khoj Studios presents Pakistani art of digital narratives, in a group show titled ‘Exhibition Without Objects’ by US-based Pakistani curator Sadia Shirazi. The participating artists Iqbal Geoffrey, Seher Shah, Mehreen Murtaza, among others, have created digital presentations, playing with the ubiquitous PowerPoint format. Each artist has also paired their PowerPoint with an ‘event’ that further explores their themes.
Feb 10-20, Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension, 011-65655873
Comic Con festival is back in its 3rd edition. In the largest gathering of comics and their makers in India, you can find the names that may not be easily available elsewhere and get to meet the
creators of your favourite comics. Other highlights include: a chance to visit the Dubai Comic Con in April through a costume play called Cosplay, as well as merchandise of your favourite comic heroes. Ticket costs Rs.20 for adults and Rs.15 for children.
On till February 10, Dilli Haat, INA Market, call 8800477866
The annual celebration of inter-disciplinary thought and collaborations, the Unbox Festival explores the possibilities through a series of seminars, performances, exhibitions and talks. Held over four days, the third edition of the festival promises to be more open, vibrant and experimental than before. This year the festival focuses on sharing and learning experiences and giving people a chance to work on projects together.
On till Feb 10, 9am – 10pm, Zorba, MG Road. For more information call 9999874549
Ear on Japan
Traditional Japanese art comes to Delhi. The Japan Foundation is organising an evening of traditional Japanese strings (Shamisen) and vibrant folk music (Minyo) by the renowned Baisho Matsumoto. The Shamisen is a three-stringed musical instrument that has been part of music, theatre and even rock circles for over 500 years, while Minyo is a collection of folk songs that has been handed down by generations and depicts the happiness and sorrow of the Japanese people.
Feb 14 and 15, 6pm, India International Centre, Delhi and Epicentre, Gurgaon. Call 011-26442967