Bhutan hosts exhibition on contemporary Indian artists
Thimpu: A week-long exhibition showing the works of 14 contemporary Indian artists like Jamini Roy and M F Husain was inaugurated here on Tuesday as part of efforts to promote Indian art in Bhutan.
The exhibition shows reprints of original canvases curated by the eminent artist Anjolie Ela Menon for the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and was inaugurated by India's Ambassador to Bhutan V P Haran at the Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre.
"The figurative art work of thirteen painters presented in this Exhibition is a small fraction of the vast spectrum of artistic creativity nurtured in India today," said Padam Talwar, Director of the centre adding that collectively their work represents a confluence between tradition and modernity.
He said the chronological span of this Exhibition covers almost seventy years of Indian art from Jamini Roy (born 1887) to Arpana Caur (born 1954) and highlights the most distinctive and significant punctuation of the figurative in modern Indian art.
The exhibition is to showcase high-quality digital reprints of some of the most renowned works of fourteen top Indian painters – Jamini Roy, Amrita Shjergil, M F Husain, F N Souza, Tyeb Mehta, Anjolie Ela Menon, Manjit Bawa, Arpana Caur and others.
"Artists are fortunate souls who are endowed with the skills to convey their ideas and feelings on paper or canvas with a paint brush, or carve them on stone or wood using hammer and chisel" said the director.
"On canvas, the painter gives expression to what flows from his mind. Artistic creations have the power to arrest attention and provoke reactions of different types in the viewer," said the director in a statement.
Praising the Indian culture, Talwar said that the country's modern culture is an imagination aware and respectful of the past for its wealth of wisdom, an imagination that comes to term with the challenges we face in the present and an imagination whose legacy is a culture of hope and tolerance.
"We hope that every visitor will leave the stands inspired by the sheer beauty of the art works on display and animated with the firm determination to include art in their life," he said.