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Art for a cause

Eminent artists display works at a group show in the city to raise funds for cancer patients.
Hindustan Times | By Pooja Maheshwary, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2012 02:05 PM IST

In a bid to raise funds for the cancer patients, a host of Indian artists, including Satish Gujral, Sakti Burman and Lalitha Lajmi, are showcasing their artworks in the city today. Curated by artist Nayanaa Kanodia, the untitled show features 33 paintings priced from Rs 19,000 onwards. The most expensive painting is Manu Parekh’s, which is priced at Rs 12 lakh.

“All the works have been selected through a strict criterion and marked at the right prices,” says Kanodia, adding that a part of the proceeds would go to the Indian Cancer Society. Ask her how the show came together and she says, “I recently conducted a workshop for cancer children and was struck by their enthusiasm.

Many of them were past recovery stage, but their never-say-die spirit was very inspiring.”The show will feature works of 30 artists including Akbar Padamsee,Anjolie Ela Menon, Krishen Khanna, Badri Narayan, Laxma Goud, Vaikuntam, Jayasri Burman, Nayanaa Kanodia, Manu Parekh, Suva Prasana, Ajay De and others.

Describing his works, Akbar Padamsee, who has offered two paintings of mixed media on paper — one of a nude and the other of a head — says, “I’ve not drawn inspiration from life. When you draw from life, you make a resemblance. I’ve drawn from my own imagination,” adding, “While creating the nude painting, nobody posed for me. I’ve photographed a lot of nudes, and have experience with the human form. I drew from that experience. The work has an illusory quality, and I prefer illusion to reality.”

Padamsee believes that when a painting takes a long time to create, it steadily becomes worse. “The longer you take to create, the longer you strive to make it better and the worse it will get. Art should be created immediately to make it more intense. It is quite similar to rains — if rain falls drop by drop, it’s not the same as when it falls heavily with a gust of wind,” says the Padma Bhushan awardee.

The show will be on till March 10, from 11 am to 7 pm, at The Viewing Room Gallery, Colaba.

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