Does ek akela is shehar mein touch too much of a chord? This week, find some solace in the fact that you are not alone.
Chitramayee - State Gallery Of Fine Arts is organising an exhibition of paintings by three artists from Bangalore, from 15th May. Called Antarvarna ("inner colors"), the three participating artists, Mahesh Y Pattar, Basanagouda N Khandappagoudar and Sarvana Kumar N, are expressing their perceptions of city life.
The individual self is lost in the hurried lifestyle of the city. The urge to push oneself to establish one's individual identity here has been a cumbersome task. Diminishing relationships and emotions, an insatiable desire for wealth or power, and the taking over of the materialistic lifestyle have made the city an uncertain place to dwell. This transition from the non-urban areas to the urban and its perception as a spectacle is what is evident through all their works.
If Sarvana speaks of the journey, the travel, his passions and the incompleteness of his being, Mahesh makes statements of the journey through the artists one's own self. The self-portraiture here is represented in the form of a dairy or an account of the varying emotional self, and an attempt to look through its formation.
Basanagouda's view reflects a physical journey through the city. The buildings piling up next to each other, and oversized machines lessening/complicating the chore that has been a common view in the most of the growing cities, reappear through his works. Thus, the three artists are set on marking an identity through Antarvarna - a color of the urban character.
Mahesh is a BFA from Hampi University, and is currently pursuing a P G Diploma in painting at the College Of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore. Basanagouda has a BFA from Karnataka University, Dharwad, and is currently pursuing an MVA in painting from the College Of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore, while Sarvana has done a diploma in painting from Hampi University.
The exhibition is on till the 22nd of May from 11:00am to 7:00pm daily. Please contact 2311-3308/98486-66262 for further details.