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Snapshots of Durga Puja

A group of Bengali artists are exhibiting their work at Rahi Villa during the Durga Puja festival

Durga Puja has begun and for Bengalis it's a special moment replete with special food, new clothes and daily worship. To add to the festive spirit, a group titled Nandanik alongwith Indiaart Gallery has organised an art exhibition titled Chitrangshu -- Hues from Bengal.


Debjani Dutta's painting on Sindoor Khala

Around 40 paintings will be on display, made by a group of Bengali artists at Kalyaninagar Durgotsav. The exhibition includes paintings by professionals, emerging artists and children, in oil, acrylic, mixed media on canvas, water-colour and pastel on paper.

Pune and Mumbai-based artists such as Utpal Mazumder, Krishna Mukherjee, Madhuchanda Chatterjee, Sujata Mukherjee, Probir Mukherjee, Debjani Datta, Archana Podder, Dhritisha Lahiri, Kakoli Prakash, Krishna Munshi, Moumita Paul and Sanchita Majumdar will also be exhibiting their work.

Nandanik is a group that promotes art and culture across communities to pass on traditions from one generation to the next. You can check out paintings of Goddess Durga in various forms and paintings showcasing the heritage of the community. The group is trying to bring various traditions under one roof and will host programmes devoted to dancing, singing, theatre and art exhibitions.

Milind Vishwas Sathe, Director, Indiaart Gallery, which started off the initiative three years ago points out that the idea is to promote artists and their art work. "Three years back, we got in touch with the Kalyani Nagar Durgotsav because it's the biggest utsav in the city. We realised that during the five-day festivity it only had entertainment and food but it could also turn out to be a great platform to promote art. In the past two years we have received a good response as some of the artists have been able to sell their paintings."

They have also now included Mumbai-based artists. He adds, "In the last two years we have only had amateur artists from Pune. But this year thanks to the response we have also invited known names and Mumbai artists. We firmly believe that to make art popular we have to take it to public forums and not restrict it to galleries. Where can we get a crowd of 25,000 people in five days?

Though the exhibition is for three days, the paintings will be available online at www.indiaart.com for the next four weeks.

From: October 3 to 5
At: Rohi Villa, Lane-7, Koregaon  Park
Call: 25636421

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