Drooling at the food on the wall

Updated on Jul 31, 2009 11:40 PM IST

Come to think of it, there’s a lot in common between food and art — colour, texture and the way they both give pleasure. So what better way to mark the anniversary of an eatery than to organise an exhibition of artworks?

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Hindustan Times | ByGargi Gupta

Come to think of it, there’s a lot in common between food and art — colour, texture and the way they both give pleasure. So what better way to mark the anniversary of an eatery than to organise an exhibition of artworks?

The eatery in question — Varq, the Indian gourmet diner at the Taj Mansingh, which is completing a year — has always underlined the connection, whether through the murals by Anjolie Ela Menon or the refined aesthetics of the way food is presented here.

This time, it’s going a step further and showcasing photographs by seven Indian lensmen around the food theme over the coming weekend. Coordinated by Apparao Galleries from Chennai, these include large prints by Ram Rehman of people being fed, Naveen Kishore’s dramatic close-ups of fish and mutton, sheep being led to the slaughter, and last — a human skeleton.

There are a few painted platters by Anjolie Ela Menon on her idea of food, but it’s the photographs that dominate.

Among them are Samit Das (Rabindranath Tagore’s dining table), Varun Gupta (Wazwan cooks of Kashmir), Leena Kejriwal (tea stalls in Kolkata), Ajay Rajgarhia (MaDonalds scooters) and Dinesh Khanna’s brilliant colour photographs of what he calls the apparatus of the “street food vendors” from Benaras, things like the chaat basket and the idli steamer.

“I call my photographs portraits because just to see the orange cloth of the golgappa matka, you can know exactly what it’ll taste like.”

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