Lotus Turns Muse for 'Apolitical' Artists - The New Indian Express

Lotus Turns Muse for 'Apolitical' Artists

Published: 11th April 2014 07:54 AM

Last Updated: 11th April 2014 07:56 AM

When you’re organising an exhibition displaying 125 paintings of just lotuses and that too with less than two weeks to go for the Lok Sabha polls, it’s a little difficult to believe that you’re not rooting for the BJP.

But that’s exactly the ‘apolitical’ stance that 16 artists attached to the Rayo Artists Residency are maintaining ahead of their show opening on Thursday. “We had a camp in Padappai a month ago where artists from across the region came. That is where we decided to stage such a grand show with the lotus as the theme. We are not affiliated to the BJP, nor are we trying to make a political statement,” says Rajamahes, organiser and artist.

Given the fact that the BJP’s national executive member Tamilisai Soundararajan and South Chennai candidate L Ganesan are going to inaugurate the show, it does sound a little far-fetched when they say they have zero political leaning, “This is art. The lotus is more than just a party symbol. It is a flower of national importance and a great muse for most artists. In fact, we never approached the BJP leaders to come to our show. They heard about it and reached out to us and asked to unveil it,” he adds. With such ‘heavy’ support for art not very easy to come by, they agreed the possibility of it being a touchy subject during election season.

As they install the lotuses on canvas - of various shapes, sizes, colours and interpretations - at Art Houz, it is evident that some of the pieces were drawn with political interpretations in mind. Prodded about whether there was an inherent nod to the ‘Modi wave’, Rajamahes admitted, “If they win and come to power, it will be nice to have their support. Most often, artists from the North are the only ones who get all the major awards. If we are able to impress the people who will come to power next, it will certainly help the cause of poor artists here,” he said.  Whether or not the ECI takes umbrage to the overdose of lotus power, the three-day art show is scheduled to have a showing in the National Capital soon after.

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