Journeying Into Dreams to Bring Art to Life

Art show Swappnam — Art Alive showcases works of artists and photographers who have drawn inspiration from Krithika Subramanian’s dance musical, for which music has been composed by Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja

Published: 29th December 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th December 2014 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

Presentation makes all the difference – this was proved true at the art show Swappnam — Art Alive, which was held at Sir Mutha Venkatasubbarao Gallery Hall on Saturday. While the artworks displayed at the venue were fascinating, it was the sheer method of portraying the art that made all the difference.

Dancer Krithika Subramanian, the woman behind the initiative, told City Express, “In Art Alive, we have showcased art in a fresh perspective. The artists, photographers and everyone involved in this art exhibition were made to listen to the mesmerising music composed by Ilaiyaraaja sir for the dance musical Swappnam. Soon, they came up with their own ideas, and here we have a perfect combo of music, dance and art.”

Curated by Decode, a design collaborative delivery studio floated by Transform, Art Alive displayed works by 12 artists from across the city. The themes ranged from dreams to realisation and liberation.

Paintings by upcoming artist Nikhita Kapoor were a feast to one’s eyes. “My art work is all about awakening oneself,” said Nikhita. Showing one of her paintings, which depicted a man holding a bolt of lightning in his hand, she explained, “The man symbolises lord Shiva and he’s trying to awaken the world from slumber. The lighting is the means he adopts to wake people.”

Artist Muralidharan Alagar, who spoke about his works and collaboration with photographer Sreedhar Vaidya, said, “My works deal with the circle of life and cosmic consciousness. Even in my collaboration with photographer Sreedhar, I have brought in a hide-and-seek element that makes it stand apart.”

The exhibition, which made art come alive in every sense, stirred one’s thoughts as well.

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