Divine forms

Vinaya Patil
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

An exhibition at the Kalasseeum art gallery has on display several forms of Ganesha created using different mediums and with unique ideas and perceptions of seven artists

Maharashtra’s favourite festival is here, and so are several different forms of our beloved Ganapati Bappa. The city is abuzz with exhibitions, events, and painting, rangoli and sculpture making workshops and competitions, all inviting the god home. From children to the senior citizens, everyone has geared up to welcome the lord into our cities, homes and hearts.

One such exhibition, called Roop Anantache, is underway at the newly-opened Kalasseeum art gallery in Karvenagar, Pune where a group of seven artists have displayed various forms of Ganesha, some painted and some sculpted with innovative ideas and varied perceptions of the god.

“Lord Ganesha is a favourite subject among most artists. Through the work of artists come alive numerous forms of the god. Therefore we decided to put this up now,” says Alka Rode, artist and founder of Kalasseeum.

Artist Subhash Joshi has used acrylic colours to paint Ganapati performing different activities like playing a violin, painting and teaching. Rode has herself used oil paint and pencil sketching. Artists Charuhas and Bhagyashree Pandit have used the woodcut medium. There is also a Ganesha sculpture made using several pieces of wood put together. As many as 108 such pieces of wood have been used to create an almost 4-feet structure.

Archana Takalkar has used water colours, while Rode’s son and artist Akash has used modern art. Another artist Vinit Kasturi has brought to life the lord through his miniature Ganapati sculptures. There is also a Ganesha on display here created using the Egyptian style of painting.

Satish Ghatpande, who has used paper craft, says, “Mine is a 10x16 sculpture that has been created by the process of paper folding and creasing and then embossing it. You got to create several layers of such paper work. The more layers you get, the better the art work looks. You have to do it all manually.” Ghatpande, who has been practising paper craft for the last 15 years, says that this artwork, which has a 3D feel, took him five to six days to complete.

A total of 27 different Ganapatis are on display at the exhibition that will go on up to August 28. “My idea was to have around 50 of them, but this is not bad either. It’s a good start,” says Rode, who launched Kalasseeum last month.

With three of her own pieces on display at the exhibition, she says, “Ganapati is an artist’s favourite muse. The best bit about it is that it can be moulded in a hundred ways and can be experimented with.” Among her works here is a painting that she has made using oil paint and simply focussed on the trunk of the lord. “I believe that Ganapati’s trunk alone has all the chaitanya (energy), and thus came up with this design,” she elaborates. The other one she has created embodies the five elements of nature — air, water, earth, fire, and space — into the image of Ganesha.

The exhibition Roop Anantache will go on till August 28 at Kalasseeum Art Gallery, 11 am to 9 pm everyday

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