Reacting to the directions by the police to remove his artwork from the Chitrakala Parishat, artist Anirudh Krishnamani said the depictions could not be termed obscene and that his artwork was in line with mythological texts on the same topic.
“This is not the first time they are doing this to artists. Look at Husain (MF),” Anirudh said.
Anirudh’s father M N Krishnamani said he would seek a letter from the college stating the reasons for removing the paintings so that he could up take the matter with the court. Police at the venue however chose to remain tight-lipped about their presence there and sub-inspector Raghavendra said they were present only for security. “We have received no complaints and are here purely from a security viewpoint,” he said.
For staff members, it was a nightmare on Monday as the security of the enormous quantity of artwork stored at CKP came into sharp focus.
The entire catalogue of the works of art contained in the college is worth to over `600 crore,according to staff members who locked the museum to prevent any damage.