Creative Tribute to Maestro

Shraddhanjali - 2014, an exhibition mounted at  Rashtriya Lalit Kala Akademi here, pays tribute to  senior painter late Byomakesh Mohanty in a visually delightful way.

Published: 25th July 2014 07:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th July 2014 08:03 AM   |  A+A-

Shraddhanjali - 2014, an exhibition mounted at  Rashtriya Lalit Kala Akademi here, pays tribute to  senior painter late Byomakesh Mohanty in a visually delightful way. The exhibition brings together over 40  artists, from India and abroad, displaying their  creations in the form of paintings, photographs, wood  work and sculptures.

Shraddhanjali is an amalgamation of artworks ranging  from landscape to abstracts, figurative themes to  deities in different media like photography, oil on canvas, granite, industrial waste, acrylic and water  colour. Two works that draw attention are of veteran actor late Sarat Chandra Pujari and senior painter late  Suresh Balbantray. While Pujari’s watercolour work on a Himalayan landscape  appears serene, Balbantray’s work ‘Tatwa’ revolves  around  Tantric concepts.

Artist Sangita Pattnaik portrays a bunch of mushrooms growing on a tree in the backdrop of  high-rises in her acrylic on canvas work titled  ‘Colonialism’. Painted in bright yellow and brown, her  work draws a parallel between nature and humanity,  both vying for space in alien lands.

Sudhanshu Sutar, Odia artist settled in Gurgaon, paints the cultural upheaval.

The group exhibition also  includes ‘Habitat’, a painting by Ashok Kumar Das,  which depicts villagers in a traditional rural backdrop. It also features Anuradha Pradhan’s acrylic  painting representing a girl’s varied emotions and  Bhawani Shankar Das’  ‘President’ portraying the dreamy eyes of a child.

Apart from these, the display  includes Dr Falguni Ray’s abstracts in acrylic, Janapriya Devta’s work on ‘Form’ in acrylic and  Lalatendu Rath’s painting of a boy bidding farewell to  his toys.  In a work titled ‘Social Ties’, painter Ranjan Mallick  tries to explore relationships. He creates an image of  a ‘marriage procession’ where a groom is shown riding a cycle,  which carries the mask of a horse. “The way we  conduct ourselves, with every man having a million  facets to his personality, has been the focal point of  my works. The masks I use are powerful motifs that  bring out the many faces of human nature,” he says.

Granite and wood find innovative forms at the hands of artists Hemant Kumar Moharana and Uma Shankar Das. Hemant uses drift wood to show the form of a bird in flight and Das works with metal to create a fly. An interesting creation is that of Tapas Samanta who has worked with granite to show the cultural ethos of a country.

Talking about the exhibition, curator and artist, Meenaketan Pattnaik, whose work is also on display, says, “This year we have artists from Dubai, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, the US, Japan and Singapore participating in this annual tribute to the  master painter, which is being organised under the aegis of  Artists’ Association of Odisha.”


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