Gujarat's disaster, help is pouring in from all
corners of the globe. Apart from international organisations
and NGO's, artists are also doing their bit in helping
Gujaratis by displaying their works. The International
exhibition held recently at the Lakshana Art
Gallery and ITC Kakatiya Sheraton hotel
simultaneously was one such exhibition that was
aimed at helping the craftsmen of Gujarat who were
affected by the earthquake.
exhibition showcased the works of eminent artists
of India as well as abroad was being organised by
Rasna Bhushan with the help of the Dasktar
Group. "All sales proceeds will go to
the Dasktar Group to use for long term rehabilitation
of the crafts people of Kutch and Gujarat
whose lives have been devastated by the recent earthquake,"
said Rasna Bhushan. The exhibition was inaugurated
at the ITC Kakatiya on May 7 by Chandana Khan,
secretary Department of Culture and Tourism.
The works of artists from Delhi, Chennai and
Bangalore and also from Toronto, London and New
York were on display.
works of the women artists from Bangalore, Sheela
Gowda, Pushpa Mala and Surekha dealt
with feminism. Sheela's painting showing Akka Mahadevi,
the famed poet from Karnataka, was a class of its
own. Worth seeing was the New York based artist
Chitra Ganesh's piece. A collage of sorts,
it signifies disjointed and dissected lives. Pushpamala's
Phantom Series too was an art lover's delight.
A. V. Ilango's painting in shades of ominous
grey was also on display. The works of other artists
on display were Srinath, Nemiraj Shetty, Srinivas
Chari from Hyderabad and Nicola Durvasamula.
compared to Lakshana Art Gallery, the works displayed
at ITC Kakatiya Sheraton were few, yet attractive.
The response from the connoisseurs of art was similar
at both the places. "The display is wonderful
and I feel it is everyone's duty to encourage these
kind of exhibitions," said Anand Mohan,
an art lover, who witnessed the display at ITC Kakatiya
Sheraton. "Apart from the motive behind
the exhibition, the works were a blend of all kinds
of art from painting to graphic," said
Nandita, who visited the Lakshana Art Gallery
to see the exhibition.