Artists try to paint a positive picture

Over 300 works ranging from paintings to sculptures and photographs, the handiwork of senior artists hailing from 22 states, adorn the walls of Lalit Kala Akademi in the capital to welcome the Games.

The works on display at the show titled “Concept 51%”, deal with subjects both abstract and philosophical.

Among the participants are Gogi Saroj Pal, Amitava Bhowmick, K R Subbanna, D Ravi,   Chandramani Baswal, Milan Desai, Ved Nayar, Shankar Ghose and John Philipose.
Two artists from Karnataka — J M S Mani and Shrikant Poddar — also have their works on display at the exhibition, which will be held till September 28.

“It is a matter of great pride for India to host the Commonwealth Games. I have organised this exhibition to welcome the Games and show that the entire artist community is supporting this noble venture,” curator Pandey, a member of the Akademi general council, said.

“Some of the participants of the show like Gogi Saroj Pal, Prafulla Dahanukar, Shyam Sharma, Triloki Kaul and Umesh Verma are very distinguished,” he said.
The exhibition offers a slight respite from the damaging publicity surrounding the Games, which has come under international criticism for the shabby infrastructure.

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