Art in times of lockdown: 13 new paintings by A Ramachandran in exhibition

The ongoing exhibition of new paintings by renowned painter A Ramachandran shows how the prolonged Covid-19 lockdown has led to the Padma Bhushan award-winning artist’s experiment in style and material.

Organized by Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) at two venues, Triveni Kala Sangam at Mandi House and Modern Gallery in Defense Colony, the solo show captures the latest magic of the octogenarian’s creativity underscored by visual grandeur and subtle expressions.

Topic Subaltern Heroine and Lotus PondAccording to Ramachandran, the pictures “helped him combat the gloom surrounding the worldwide pandemic” for almost two years.

Of the total 13 paintings, eight are on ‘Ashta Nayak’. However, this series by Ramachandran tries to break down the high status of nayikas (heroines) in the ancient Natya Shastra written by Bharata Muni.

“It’s not just beautiful people who fall in love. Hence the term ‘subaltern’, says Ramachandran, 86, of the paintings showing the faces of Bhil tribal women of northwest India.

As far as the ‘Lotus Ponds’ are concerned, the huge reservoir of Rajasthan has long been another passion of Kerala-born Ramachandra, the gallery said in a statement.

VAG Director Arun Vadehra said, “Both the exhibitions will serve as a sample of the master painter’s extraordinary style.”

The exhibition, which will be displayed till November 30 at Triveni Kala Sangam, will culminate on December 12 at the Modern Gallery.

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