Tribal Heroines and Lotus Pond are the treats to sore eyes in veteran A Ramachandran’s exhibition

An amusing series of 13 artworks created by the artist to combat the gloom of the pandemic which ran almost two years have been put to public display in the exhibition titled ‘Subaltern Nayikas & Lotus Pond’, organised by Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) at Triveni Kala Sangam in Mandi House and Modern Gallery in Defence Colony. 

An ongoing exhibition which will run till November 30 at Triveni Kala Sangam, and December 12 at the Modern Gallery features the adorable artworks of a renowned painter A Ramachandran which suggests the change brought by prolonged Covid-19 lockdown in the disposition of creative persons and experimentation in the style and content of noted Padma Bhushan awardee artist.

The show brings forth two of the old muse of  Ramachandran’s  — the lotus pond and his beloved Bhil women. Of the total 13 paintings, eight are on the ‘Ashta Nayikas’. However, this series by Ramachandran tends to break the exalted status the heroines (nayikas) enjoy in the ancient Natya Shastra written by Bharata Muni.

As per the statement of the gallery, the ‘Lotus Ponds’, the sprawling water catchments of Rajasthan have for long been another obsession of Kerala-born Ramachandra.

Pandemic stirs the creative vein in many artists to various degrees. Eventually, it’s just art and one is bound to conjure up the objects that reflect the time and circumstances one is going through that’s all the creative brains seem to have done.

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