All roads lead to a heady mix of good karma and beautiful art this weekend. Over 125 renowned artists have lent their brushes to the cause of cancer awareness at the Cancer Patients Aids Association’s (CPPA) annual art exhibition, aptly titled Colours of Life. The show features works by artists like Akbar Padamsee, Arzan Khambatta, Baiju Parthan, Brinda Miller, Nayanaa Kanodia, Lalitha Lajmi and Laxman Shreshtha among others, and promises an interesting mélange of the best in art.
Piali Syam, director — special projects, CPPA, who took seven months to pull off the mammoth task of curating this exhibition, is confident it will appeal to the seasoned art lover as much as it will to an amateur art enthusiast. “The inspiration of this exhibition is the cause,” she says. “Having witnessed a shocking rise in the number of patients suffering from cancer, we needed to create something where we could get people to support our cause in a different way. A balanced mix of works, style, media and price works well, as there’s always something that will suit every buyer’s taste and pocket.”
Artist Nayana Kanodia, the pioneer of Naïve Art in India, hopes to help as many patients as she can through her work. “My work is a reflection of the changing face of India, where each painting is charged with an innocent humour personifying the subtle ironies which permeate daily life. We have been invaded by Western culture but at the same time, retain our roots and identities, and it is this contrast that I portray, of people living under two different influences. We have interesting interiors, roadside vendors, vehicles, cafes, local markets and wedding scenes which are so typical of our country,” she says. “My art brings out positive vibes in the viewer and this can bring cheer to the thousands suffering from cancer,” she adds.
On the other hand, artist Niladri Paul brings a free flowing, eclectic twist to the collection. “My style of painting is very free flowing and spontaneous,” she says. “The colours are very positive and vibrant and the forceful lines are self-explanatory, as is the energy. There is no constant definition of style, as it is evolving and aims to convey an all-embracing notion of art in every form, whether it be painting, dance, music or theatre,” she says.
Jaideep Mehrotra’s paintings are inspired from his experiments with books and text. “It’s about a book that goes back to being a tree. Symbolic of rejuvenation & restoration. The style is adaptive to the work in the sense that it is a work on paper, and also that it is in a style that is almost conventional,” says Mehrotra.
“We all see the effects of this debilitating ailment, but find that there is very little that we can do to alleviate the suffering. This is my contribution, however small.”