Bangalore art gallery forced to remove nude paintings of deities after threats

Feb 05, 2013, 21:10 IST | PTI

Three nude paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses by an up and coming artist, exhibited in the art gallery of Chitrakala Parishath, were on Tuesday removed in the wake of threat of protest over phone and a request by the police.

The three paintings out of the around other 40 paintings of gods and goddesses exhibited in the gallery were removed in the wake of threat of protest by the public over phone and also a request from police that it might create a law and order problem, Chief Administrator Officer of Chitrakala Parishath Shridhar told PTI. 

The paintings were the works of Arvind Sainath Krishnamani, he said. 

Chitrakala Parishath has claimed that it received several threat calls over the three paintings that depicted Hindu deities Kali, Shiva and Parvati in the nude.

The painter claims he was inspired by Khajuraho sculptures.

The Parishath rents out the gallery to up and coming and established artists on a regular basis to exhibit their works, Shridhar said.

"On receiving phone calls from the public that they would stage dharna in front of the Parishath if the paintings sacrilegious to Hindu sentiments are not removed and request from the jurisdictional police, we asked the artist to remove the three nude paintings", he said. 

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