Connected expressions

Connected expressions

Imagination knows no boundary, no language and no rules at Harvest, Arushi Arts’ PAYAL KAPOOR tells  Mansi Bhansali

Folk art rarely gets gallery space. Moreover, there are emerging artists who do not have enough resources to showcase their artistic skills and to further develop their talents. HARVEST 2017 by Payal Kapoor overcame these challenges and successfully arranged an evening dedicated to artists and allowed them to share some space with the masters too.

Since 2001, Payal Kapoor has been organising Harvest with multiple and interesting themes like A Tribute to my Father, Springs of Inspiration, Our Own Path- 2, TAKE 2! and Homage to Hussain. This edition of the Harvest was set in accordance with the theme of The Songs of Many Streams as They Flow at the Claridges hotel over the weekend. The curator of the show, Suneet Chopra, said, “It is a presentation of the state of our art today. As such, it reflects the wide range of artistic expressions brought together not only from different parts of our country but also from different genres of our art.”

Artists like Sanjay Bhattacharya, Paresh Maity, Sakti Burman, Ram Kumar and Manish Pushkale graced the occasion with their amazing artistic work.  “Harvest is always a theme-based exhibition and we select artworks that best interpret our theme,” said Kapoor on the basis of selecting artists. Added Sanjay Bhattacharya, “This is very special because the whole year various aspirants wait for this. The variety of this show is extraordinary. I have been its part from the very beginning. My painting is the contiunity of my earlier show, which I had in Mumbai. It’s about landscapes in Santiniketan as the beauty of the place like palm trees and lily flowers are dying with the buildings built over there. I’m trying to document and preserve them.” In Search of Peace, Lotus Pond has the brightness of summer and the lushness of the first rains as it is coated in the nostalgic warmth of a lost idyll.

“It’s a cross section of contemporary and modern art. This time they have included the living legends of the miniature traditions also. I’ve never seen such combination. So, I look it as a very special show. Through my recent work, I’m trying to go through the different streams of thinking of Raja Ravi Verma’s art and  European modernism. I wanted to see how Indian and Western modernism was working and have brought them together,” said Roy Thomas.

Kapoor through Harvest 2017 wants to document the story of our art in contemporary times. She said, “It reflects the wide range of artistic expression brought together not only from different parts of our country but also from different genres of our art. I believe art is one such tool which in itself is very expressive and can highlight different aspects of our society.”

Ranging from pen on paper to bronze, steel and iron art work and from fibre glass to oil and acrylic on canvas, Harvest covered all forms of exquisite pieces. “We aim at addressing the larger concern of society through art. These include topics that make people aware of the environment, our society, the current happenings and general nature all over the world. So, any art form which depicts these aspects are my favourites,” said Kapoor on her picks. She believes that India has always nurtured diversity and will remain the richest cultural mosaic.

Kapoor, who herself does not invest much of her time in arts, felt the need for a common platform like Aarushi Arts. “We take the masterpieces to the people and encourage mass appreciation.”

Kapoor also commented on the efforts the Government has taken to preserve the art and culture of the country. “The government does recognise that  India  has one of the world’s largest collections of songs, music, dance, theatre, folk traditions, performing arts, rites and rituals, paintings and writings that are known as the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ (ICH) of humanity. In order to preserve these elements, the Ministry of Culture implements a number of schemes and programmes aimed at providing financial support to individuals, groups and cultural organisations engaged in performing, visual and literary arts.”



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