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Home / Art and Culture / 69 artists to recount 69 years of India post independence

69 artists to recount 69 years of India post independence

art-and-culture Updated: Aug 12, 2016 18:48 IST
Ruchika Garg
Ruchika Garg
Hindustan Times
Artist Sadhna Prasad’s depiction of freedom.
Artist Sadhna Prasad’s depiction of freedom. ( )

The Capital is all set to witness the journey of 69 years of Independent India through Indianama, an exhibition where 69 artists will document the told and untold stories from 1947 to 2016. Recounting the years, the artist will talk about all that has shaped the country.

Curated by a creative agency, Animal, the art exhibition will be a three-day affair that will take visitors down memory lane of Indian legends.

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Kunel Gaur, the orgainser of the exhibition says, “ 69 artists that includes painters, calligraphers, illustrators, graphic designers, street artists and even writers, have taken up a year each, and will portray the year through their work.”

The image showcases the death of actor-director Guru Dutt.

The artists will present their own style and concept to decode those years of Independent India. Visual artist, Nasheet Shadani who will represent the year 1964, the death year of the actor and director Guru Dutt says, “There is something tragically romantic about the death of Guru Dutt. I want to capture it in an image.”

Artist Shirin Kekre depicts the first Indian general election that took part in 1951. Jawaharlal Nehru became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of India.

Artist Furqan Jawed picked the year 1966 when actor Sharmila Tagore became the first Indian actress to pose for the popular magazine cover in a two piece bikini. “I chose this because the magazine went viral and became a hot topic, leading to an uproar that went all the way to Parliament,” says Jawed.

Artist Hari Krishnan depicts 1967, the birth year of Amar Chitra Katha, India’s unique comic book approach to recast mythology for children and youth.

The topics depicted through the work range from Indian cinema to politics to famous social movements. Kunel Gaur is himself working on the year 1980 and his artwork is on the late politician Sanjay Gandhi, while Yuvraj Jha will present Dr BR Ambedkar’s, famous conversion to Buddhism along with 3,85,000 other Dalits to start the Neo-Buddhism movement in the year 1956.

Artist Niteesh Yadav will exhibit the Indo–Soviet treaty of peace, friendship and cooperation that was signed in August 1971.

“Dr BR Ambedkar converts to Buddhism along with 3,85,000 followers to start the Neo-Buddhism movement in India. Since this was a watershed moment for neo-liberalism in India I would like to illustrate it for the exhibition,” says Jha.

Indeed, this would be a graphic, nostalgic journey to look forward to.

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Catch it live

What: Exhibition Indianama

Where: Kona, No-1, Jor Bagh Market

When:Aug 13 to 18

Timings: 10am to 6pm

Nearest Metro station: Jor Bagh on the Yellow Line

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