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Painted umbrellas: An art exhibition drenched in colours of the rainbow

This art exhibition, in the Capital, celebrates the spirit of monsoon through paintings, sculptures, photographs and even painted umbrellas.

art and culture Updated: Jul 21, 2017 18:33 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
A painted umbrella, which will be displayed at the exhibition.

Colourful umbrellas in the monsoon are always a sight that pleases the eye. So, when an exhibition featuring small painted umbrellas will open its door to the public in the Capital, it will surely be a sight to behold. The show titled, Rang-E-Aabshaar — Waterfall of Colours draws its inspiration from the rainy season.

Around 50 artworks by 35 artists will be displayed at this show. “Some people say that the monsoon makes them feel gloomy but that’s not the case. This season brings with it a variety of colours and that’s why the theme of this exhibition is to get everyone — artists and viewers — drench in colours. Also, one must not forget that it’s during the monsoon that we get to see the rainbow,” says Rashmi Jain, artist and co-curator.

A sculpture on display at the show.

Alongside the paintings, sculptures and photographs, the exhibition will also feature something recherché — 70 small colourful umbrellas. “When we were curating this exhibition, it occurred to us that we should do something for the needy. So, we decided to request some of the established artists to paint small umbrellas, which we plan to sell after displaying them at an exhibition. The proceeds from the same will go to charity,” says Neeraj Sharma, photographer and co-curator. He informs that they received “overwhelming” response, when they approached the established artists to paint the umbrellas.

Artists showcase some of the painted umbrellas.

“Even now, we are receiving calls from artists who have liked this initiative; so much so that they are ready to paint an umbrella, even if it has to be done in just a day’s time,” adds Jain.

A painting by artist Shyamalima Kakati.

Shyamalima Kakati, one of the participating artists says, “I will be painting one of the umbrellas live at the exhibition. And my painting on display is inspired by my social life as a woman in the Indian society.”

  • What: Rang-E-Aabshaar
  • Where: Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
  • When: July 22 to 26
  • Timings: 10am to 8pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on Yellow Line

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First Published: Jul 21, 2017 18:30 IST