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A brush with life and death

The Sanskrit word ‘samsaara’ means the cycle of life, death and rebirth. But what were three artists from across India thinking when they, unknown to each other, chose the same subject for their works?

 “Human beings are lost in the materialistic world despite knowing the fact that they are not immortal. But their thirst to acquire wealth and power never ends. We have tried to show this materialistic desire on the canvas through our exhibition,” says London-based artist Radha Binod Sharma, organiser and curator of the art exhibition.


The painting titled Charching of Place II depicts the kite as a symbol of freedom from materialistic desires

Sharma has painted with acrylic colours on rice and handmade paper and his series of paintings is named Kya baat hai. This series is inspired by his 15 year residency in London and conveys the darker side of the city on the canvas. “In one of my paintings I have tried to portray two contrast pictures of life in London.

The youth is busy sniffing drugs despite knowing its consequences, while the drug peddlers gain money at the cost of somebody else’s life. Both are hedonistic in nature living in the moment,” explains the 49-year-old painter.

Jayesh Rathore’s paintings capture the social narrative within Indian cities. He has used kite as a metaphor for freedom in each of his paintings. His painting the Charching of Place II draws our attention in particular. “I have showed a house with locked doors symbolising humans confined in worldly desires. The open window gives a view of kites flying in the sky giving a strong message to break-open the materialistic desires and live with freedom,” explains the artist.

Meanwhile artist, Sumitabha Pal uses his works to communicate human desire. His expressionistic works use hands as a symbol to represent the human struggle of existence. His sculpture Hum 5 cast in aluminum represents four male hands with a petite female hand. “This sculpture depicts how women are subjected to torture for the sake of materialistic desires such as dowry. Their lives become unimportant before the worldly desires,” explains Pal.

So head to this exhibition to catch a glimpse of the different artworks and also to gain a different perspective to life.

When: October 10 to 15, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery, 161, Kala Ghoda
Call: 22843989  

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