What The Owl Said To Ganesha
A group show of figurative paintings, titled Figure IT, showcases art on cave walls, papyrus scrolls, silk screens and, of course, canvases, executed by eight renowned artists. Bangalore-based artist A.V. Ilango usually uses Lord Krishna as the underlying theme in his paintings and is known for using bold colours on canvas. Then there is Ajay De, known for his charcoal paintings with a hint of acrylic and gold leaf. Famously introvert, De always found himself at a loss of words, which made him discover the joy of expression through art. De used the iconic Calcutta cycle-rickshaws as motif in much of his early work; he has now moved to Buddha and Ganesha figures. Mumbai-based Gautam Mukherjee is known for using acrylic on canvas. His work at this exhibition is inspired by Satyajit Ray’s lustrous Charulata. Samir Mondal, a master with water-colours, who has solo shows across the world to his credit, is also in the group. Among the others, there is Sachin Jaltare, who has found a distinctive style of painting, using acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, and hopes to conduct a solo show in Europe soon. Do not miss out on the works of Laxman Aeley, Ramesh Gorjala, Satya Narayan and Moti Lal Karan as well. Till June 30, Jamaat Art Gallery
Indian Who Gave China Holiness
It is an exhibition which tries to stitch together a long-lost story, with the help from strands plucked out from the past. The Buddhist philosopher Kumarajiva was the only son of a powerful Kashmiri family. Taken away as war-booty from his parents, the scholar translated Buddhist works from Sanskrit to Chinese and laid down a strong foundation for the religion. This exhibition of pictures, titled Life and Legacy of Kumarajiva, traces all the places and landscapes associated with the philosopher. He was known for creating an almost new Buddhist terminology in Chinese, as linguistic parallels didn’t exist. As a result, he ended up ‘transcreating’ them. His legacy still survives in Japan, where the devoted still recite the sutras as written by him. The exhibit itself will have murals from caves, manuscripts and other sacred Buddhist objects. It is being curated by Dr Shashibala, an author and researcher specialising in Buddhist art and iconography. Till Jun 26, IIC
Hyderabad Comedy The Samhaara Theatre Group’s stand-up event, the Bollywood-themed Filmy Chakkar, promises to a rib-tickler, taking on the tinsel industry and its often-tinny stars.
Calcutta eagerly awaits a photography exhibition, Stone, being organised by the Harrington Street Arts Centre. Up on display will be photographs taken by Kounteya Sinha. The photographs, taken from 22 countries, portrays human creations as silent sentries. They will also document some of the world’s most stunning pieces of architectural work, as captured by Sinha. A master storyteller, Sinha’s shots explore and capture the romance of being static—the story of how a rock becomes an astounding architectural wonder and, conversely, how human forms and manmade objects undergo petrification. Jun 25-Jul 6, The Harrington Street Arts Centre
Pan This Out
A taste of the experimental in music is a staple here. Jamming for your pleasure is Daniel Waples, along with Cochin’s Montry Manuel, founder-member and percussionist of Thaalavattam. The former is a percussionist from Essex who plays the Handpan, a percussion instrument with origins in Trinidad. Thaalavattam means a cycle of rhythm. This collaboration will emphasise on percussion to create new sounds. Jun 25, Humming Tree