For the love of Krishna

Janmashtami fervour grips the Capital in an arty way, as art galleries celebrate the festival with special artwork

art and culture Updated: Aug 21, 2011 01:10 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

It’s that time of the year when dahi handis hang over towering human obelisks in streets crowded by devotees to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. However, this year the Capital’s art fraternity has decided on an artistic way to celebrate Janmashtami.

Various artists and art galleries are exhibiting a range of artwork on Lord Krishna portraying his life at Mathura, the Holi celebrations at Vrindavan and the Raas Lila with gopis and Radha.

The media of the artwork adds to the novelty, as artists present tempera paintings, Kondapalli wooden hand-crafted sculptures, canvas with impasto technique and Pattachitra on Tussar silk. Here’s a peek into the arty celebrations.

This exhibition comprises 15 art pieces on the life of Krishna that depict his various avatars and moods. Made by artists from Vrindavan, the paintings are in dual tone — blue and white. “Blue, because it depicts Lord Krishna and white, is used for Radha,” says Sunil Mehra, curator of the show. Real gold and precious stones embellishments add to the minute detailing of the paintings. During his nine-year stay in Vrindavan, Mehra saw the dedication of the artists there, and decided to present their work in mainstream for better exposure. “The medium used for all the paintings is oil, but the emotion is clearly Bhakti, which these artists have inherited in their genes and heritage,” adds Mehra.

Price: Rs 75,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh
On till: August 31
Where: Stainless Art Gallery, 1-2 Mira Corporate suits, Mathura Road, Ishwar nagar. The exhibition will shift to Krish Art Gallery, GK I from August 22

Jai Gopala
The show has artwork on Krishna rendered in tempera — a technique that used by few artists now. The show exhibits works of two artists, Bratin Khan and Siddhartha Sengupta. While Khan’s speciality is tempera, Sengupta mostly does water colour and pen work. “What better time to hold an exhibition on Krishna than on Janmashtami,” says Simbal Singh of Gallery Joie. There are 16 pieces on display.

Price: Rs 10,000 to Rs 4 lakh
On till: September 16
Where: Gallery Joie, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket

Four different artists will present their artwork on a common theme, Raas, depicting different aspects of Krishna’s life, such as gopis, Radha, dance on Nagraj and his famous flute. “I have used acrylic on canvas with impasto technique, which helps in thick pigment” says artist Tejinder Kanda. There are ten artwork on display.

Price: Rs 20,000 to Rs 2 lakh
On till: September 30
Where: Creativity Art Gallery 29, Hauz Khas Village

Mother Earth
Mother Earth has an interesting range of art pieces that include hand-painted Krishna idols and Kondapalli wooden idols. Artist Sathyamurthi, a traditional Kondapalli artist, first carves the Krishna idols in soft wood and then paints them in natural colours. He usually depicts Krishna as a shepherd. Artist, Muniragvolu, paints Krishna in various avatars in Kalamkari style using natural colours. Another interesting feature is Orissa’s painting style —Pattachitra on Tussar silk.

Price: Rs 250 to Rs 1,500
On till: September 30
Where: Gallery No.8, State Emporia Complex, Baba Kharag Singh Marg, Connaught Place

First Published: Aug 20, 2011 19:36 IST