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In places where art endures

It might be challenging for up-and-coming artists to share the spotlight with renowned artists at shows in Delhi’s vibrant art scene. An inclusive art exhibition called “Samagam Art Fest 2024” attempts to topple these kinds of hierarchies; on this platform, one Padma Shri recipient and one 14-year-old schoolgirl will be exhibiting. The inaugural edition of the exhibition, which is co-curated by self-taught artist Karuna Jain of the city and moderated by Meghansh, a sculptor and painter from Delhi, attempts to present a variety of art mediums without being limited by a particular topic.

 

“As the title ‘Samagam’ implies, it is an amalgam of several artistic genres. In addition to sculptures made of ceramics, bronze, and mixed media, the exhibition included works in acrylic, oil on canvas, jute, linen, paper, and other media. Together with photography, cinema, weaving, and printing, we have also included works in these media, Jain tells TMS. “Since each artist has a distinct style, we have not imposed any theme and have simply let them express themselves,” she continues.

46 artists, including Shyam Sharma, Roop Chand, Karuna Jain, Meghansh, Shashikala Singh, Vijendra S. Vij, Sajal Banerjee, Bhargavee Atulchandra Kulkarni, Dhaarna Jai Singhani, Jasmine Pannu, Shivani Tibrewal, Simple Mohanty, Dipti Gupta, and Dinesh Kumar Ram, are featured in the group show at Visual Arts Gallery at India Habitat Centre (IHC) from May 23 to 27.

The show also commemorates the 100th birthday of F.N. Souza, one of India’s most renowned modern artists, who is renowned for his Expressionist and Cubist still life, landscape, and erotica works. Meghansh said during the exhibition, “He painted what came to his creative mind, unlike many of the artists, who were bothered by the art market.” The exhibition also honors Padma Bhushan and National Award–winning artist A. Ramachandran, who passed away in February and was well-known for his Expressionist paintings and sculptures. “Every Indian artist has found inspiration in him.” He has endowed art with a new type of language. Since he died away this year, I believe it is my responsibility as an artist to honor a man of his caliber. Meghansh continues, “He was a maestro.”

The youngest artist in the show, 14-year-old Bhargavee Atulchandra Kulkarni of Mount St. Mary’s School in Delhi Cantonment, was thrilled to have her work shown in an exhibition for the first time. As the newest artist present, she expresses her mixed feelings about sharing a space with such well-known creators. In order to break up the monotony, Kulkarni’s artwork “Ecstasy” has vivid red tulips arranged in an elaborate arrangement. “Later in the evening, after 9 p.m., I used to paint after getting home from school. I used to listen to music on my earbuds and sketch anything came to mind,” she recalls.

Shalini Dutt, a textile and visual artist, will conduct a workshop for kids, including the deaf, at “Samagam Art Fest” on (date?). Jain continues, “She will teach kids how to weave beautiful patterns and make different patterns out of old and discarded clothes, which will make learning the craft interesting for them.”

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