Paint 'em a verse

Tarq’s monthly initiative, Canvas Kavita, invites poem entries themed on their ongoing exhibition, Sri Sri Lanka, by artist
Pala Pothupitiye

If Ghalib’s she’rs inspire you, why not try your hand at poetry? Check out the artworks on exhibition at Tarq, titled Sri Sri Lanka, for the Apollo Bunder gallery is calling for poem entries themed on Sri Lankan artist Pala Pothupitiye’s solo art exhibition. The exhibit features maps which delve deep into Sri Lanka’s rich historical past.

 First edition of Canvas Kavita
 First edition of Canvas Kavita 

Participants can submit their poems on the theme of 'Ramayana' — the mythological epic that strongly binds the histories of India and Sri Lanka together.

Aimed at being a monthly experiment to fuse poetry with paintings, gallery director Hena Kapadia has tied up with the three-year-old Poetry Club of Bombay. During the 1st edition held on January 9, nine poets, including Scherezade Siobhan, Ramya Pandyan and Cyriac Verghese, were invited to read out their poems based on the themes found in artist Soghra Khurasani’s works.

Exhibits at artshow Sri Sri Lanka
Exhibits at artshow Sri Sri Lanka

“This time, it is an open event, and anyone can participate. Tomorrow is the last day of submission. Chosen entries will be invited to perform their works on February 20, which is the last day of the exhibition,” says Kapadia.

Ankita Shah, co-founder of Poetry Club of Mumbai, hopes this exercise will attract a mixed crowd. “The idea is to bring art and poetry audiences together. As a poet, art is not my forte, so to write a work based on an exhibition gives me a creative impulse and it is extremely enhancing,” says Shah, who will be posting select poems on their website.

The works on display
Pala’s work explores the process of re-crafting the ‘official’ version of maps as a consequence of the underlying geopolitics that are in constant flux and that have changed throughout Asia’s historical evolution. Sri Sri Lanka will also include a set of sculptures that further examine the post-colonial Sri Lankan identity, through the lens of the artist. It is through these maps and sculptures that the exhibition provides an insight to the politically biased, and often subjective, notions of map-making.

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Last date: February 8

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