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Canvas of Telangana- Art & Sculpture జూలై 4, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Articles, Telangana.

Sculpture and art appeal differently


At a cocktail do, the canvas of Telangana unfolds, while a blown glass exhibition transforms the simple into things of beauty

Beauty in art A piece from Sisir Sahana’s collection and a painting from Deepanath’s exhibition (right)

Enter Kalakriti Art Gallery and see the glass sculptures of Sisir Sahana and you might feel ‘what are these lumps of coloured, almost shapeless glass pieces doing here?’ But throw a switch and the blobs of glass are transformed into thing s of beauty and creativity.

“Part figurative, part abstract the glass sculptures are a continuation of my exploration into the medium,” says Sisir who has been working in the medium and technique for the past 17 years.

Hear out the technique and the pursed lips will make way for a smile. “I do the drawing on paper, I transfer that into a mould into which I cast molten glass getting a rough shape. A little structural simplification, polishing and grinding making some parts transparent, others opaque, others translucent and some glass colours do the rest.”

Instead of ordering around furnace workers and menials, Sisir fires his own furnace and talks about his technique and process like a descriptive lover.

“The furnace where silica, borax, soda and other materials are transformed into glass is one thing, the annealing furnace is another. As I work with these thick blocks of glass, it takes upto a week for the works to come out of the annealing furnace. Any mistake in calculation and the labour is ruined,” he says. The temperatures at the furnace hovers around 1400 degree Celsius.

The cast sculptures take some time to grow on you. Stand in front of the works that are titled: Crystal heartland, Unfrozen construction, Born with inextinguishable joy and Butterflies within etc., and the play of light with the translucent and the transparent give a childlike joy.

The sculpted works, don’t suggest the titles. “Oh it is very difficult to condense and communicate a thing of imagination in two words. See this one titled ‘Unfrozen Construction’ the man and woman are bonded eternally, one cannot do without the other, that’s why I gave the title, but for the viewer, it will be a difficult,” he says.

“I could have gone for a clear transparent sculpture but that would have rendered the effort unidimensional,” says Sisir explaining the part opaque, partly chiselled shiny quality of his work.

The exhibition will travel to Chennai after Nov 17.



From between the canvases mounted on easels you could see the glittering lights of a city in a hurry. Set in an arc on a terraced garden of the Taj Krishna opening out of Moonshine, are the paintings of Deepanath.

Beside the artist fraternity at the cocktail do are the society people and the light of the evening is Nafisa Ali (she who waltzes to Badan pe sitare for the Tanishq diamonds ad). The finger foods come thick and fast as do the liquids out of the bar.

In the perfumed air redolent with luxurious smokes and spirits, on the eve of Children’s Day, the 47 paintings of Deepanath are unveiled. The mixed media canvases are the childhood images of earth: of poverty, hunger, longing and want.

Irony? That couldn’t have been starker.

Painted on the canvases of Deepanath is the dark underbelly of India and its villages. They are the images of rural children caught in their stark circumstances.

The faces are artlessly oblong, almost shapeless, etched out with charcoal, the dark mood is further reinforced. The landscape is blighted Telangana with its goats, goatherds, children in leotards staring with vacant eyes.

In the little brighter colour canvases, Deepanath uses a mind trick by dividing the background into two unequal halves with primary colours. In the foreground, the images populating are the same pick of Telangana.

Anand Raju, brother of Pallam Raju, beat everyone to the gavel by bidding Rs. 50,000 for one of the paintings that shows a striped-shirt clad goatherd waiting to go home. Part of the money is supposed to go to charity.

Later in the evening, Deepanath took the mike to dedicate the show to Ambadas Mahurkar who has taught generations of artists the art and craft of water colours.

“I have used some of the techniques for watercolours on my canvas. It is my tribute to the teacher who taught wet in wet techniques and who revelled in it,” she said.


soource: The Hindu, November 17, 2007




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