A solo exhibition Pause and Play, by Puja Kshatriya is all about the inner strength and the complexities and dual nature of relationships. This exhibition is a series comprising of 11 canvases, is an unique interplay of monochromatic figures, emphasising the dual nature and complexities of our relationships. Headless figures, amputated or shifted limbs add an element of surrealism and deconstruction and repetition of images has produced some interesting works. It is almost like looking through a kaleidoscope, where forms join together and then melt away. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Strength and power are often wrongly perceived. Those who appear frail, may in fact be resolutely strong. Wars, as it is has been said, are not always won or lost on the battlefield, but often in the mind. This series called Pause and Play explores the power of mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ said the artist Puja.’There is no single factor that has inspired me to paint this series. I think, as one evolves and grows spiritually one realises the power of the mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ added the artist. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer series Pause and Play emphasises the importance of detachment and the need to build our inner strength. She added, ‘If we can learn to distance ourselves from the immediate surrounding, we can review our perceptions and transform our lives.”I am having an exhibition in Delhi after a hiatus of almost 12 years, my last three solo shows in 2003, 2005 and 2007 being in Mumbai. Since I am from Delhi, this is a special show for me; it’s almost like a homecoming exhibition,’ said the artist. ‘With the objective of creating an interface between Indian contemporary art and its various interpretations, Puja Kshatriya’s work is a vision, an interpretation, allowing the viewer to indulge in their imagination,’ said Ashwini Bahadur, founder of the Artspeaks India.Trying to innovate from the traditional style of painting, Puja uses blade scraping technique, where in two-three layers, oil colours are applied and then blade is used, to bring out the forms. The pressure while scraping is varied, bringing a sculptural effect to the figures.DETAILAt: Shridharani Gallery,Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg On till: 12 November Timings: 11am to 7pm Phone: 23718833
Kolkata: Incessant rain affected normal life in the metropolis and adjoining districts today, as the Met department forecast continuous downpour till tomorrow morning. Continuous rain and waterlogging at different places in the city caused traffic snarls during morning rush hours. The Met department has forecast “continuous rainfall over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal with one or two spells of heavy shower in coastal districts, including Kolkata for next 24 hours.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life With the intensity of rain being higher in the northern outskirts of the city compared to the south, many low lying areas in Dum Dum, IT hub at Salt Lake’s Sector V and Rajarhat New Town were affected by waterlogging. Dum Dum recorded the highest rainfall of 118 mm till 11.30 am today from 8.30 am yesterday, the weatherman said. Alipore in the southern part of the city recorded 60 mm rainfall during the same period. Some of the important thoroughfares in the city, including Central Avenue, College Street and Park Street were waterlogged owing to the overnight rain. The continuous rain that caused waterlogging inconvenienced office-goers and students with traffic snarls delaying their movement. The weatherman has forecast that the intensity of rain in Gangetic West Bengal may reduce from tomorrow morning, but is likely to increase again from Saturday.
In an attempt to promote sustainable development with the theme of ‘Panchatattava’, India Habitat Centre conducted Habitat Photosphere awards 2016. The event is a part of the year-long photography festival Habitat Photosphere, curated and conceptualised by the art historian Dr Alka Pande. Four applicants were selected among hundreds of applicants namely Harikrishna Katragadda, Monica Tiwari, Shraddha Borawake and K R Sunil. The winners were announced on Saturday at the India Habitat Centre (IHC) in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The jury comprised of eminent photographers – Bandeep Singh, Parthiv Shah, Aditya Arya and Prabir Purkayastha – judged the participants on the basis of innovation of idea, craft, technical skill compounded with relevance to the theme. They went through a rigorous procedure of debating and discussing each application to select the final four winners. Each winner will be awarded a monetary grant of Rs 2 lakh to create a body of work on the theme of sustainable development. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe works of these four awardees will be exhibited in a month-long exhibition at the India Habitat Centre in December 2016. Each of the four photographers will be mentored through the next eight months by Aditya Arya, Bandeep Singh, Prabir Purkayastha and Parthiv Shah. For the exhibition, Harikrishna Katragadda plans to travel to the cities and towns along the Ganges, which have high concentration of leather and metal industries, and the burning ghaats of Benaras. He said, “I am interested in portraits of people, animals and various life forms affected by pollution. The aim is to present the photographic image of the landscape it represents.” Monica Tiwari aims to document the lifestyle changes caused due to migration. “My project aims to focus on the challenging, uncertain, and heartbreaking journeys undertaken by the parents who migrate, and especially focusing on the children and the elderly who are left behind in their native lands”, said Monica. Shraddha Borawake will be working towards an installation-based project while K R Sunil aims to document the fast-disappearing ponds in various parts of Kerala.