Solo on freedom of expression by young artist

New Delhi: Without being too bold, but nonetheless registering his protest against efforts to stifle freedom of expression, this is how young artist R D Nath has presented his painting-cum- installation "Artists Don`t Cry", now on display as part of a solo art exhibition here.

The exhibition being held at Muktadhara Art Gallery here with support of the Information and Cultural Affairs Department of Government of West Bengal till February 27 was inaugurated on February 20 by Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner of West Bengal in New Delhi.

The 20 paintings displayed in the exhibition have brought to the fore a variety of colours, ideas and visions with their subjects ranging from the horrors of globalization (`Meeting G8`), the eternal beauties and mysteries of the universe (`Beauty, Oh My Beauty!`), the sense of the inevitability of death (`The Last Call`) and even a tribute to the language movement martyrs of Bangladesh (`Amar Ekushe`).

"Rather than trying to show the reality as abstract, I have focused on interpreting the abstract as reality. Like my paintings on Raga Bhairavi and Basant. This is an attempt to express the feeling that is evoked inside our hearts, minds and bodies when we listen to these ragas," says Nath, who has earlier displayed his works in various group shows in Kolkata.