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Since 1st March, 1999
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Metalled verses

Whose frown/ And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,/ Tell that its sculptor well those passions read/ Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things

— P.B. Shelley

Tapan Kumar Das and Sunanda Das are well-known, city-based sculptor couple. They have been working independently, yet they both seem to be inspired by a common subject — human beings. The fluid movements of the limbs, the rigid postures, taut muscles, outstretched arms — these run through their works like leit motif. They share a close intellectual bond which is reflected in their creative works. There is a thematic resemblance in the present exhibition titled, Meta lics, which they describe thus: We melted the metal and cast / moulded into shapes/ into forms /dynamic in intention/ a scribble in the air. Sunanda sculpts men in action, rock-solid, stoic men, often warriors, who are for ever alert and on the verge of action. Tapan’s figures occupy a surreal space, often like a ballet-dancer — floating in a relaxed, well-practiced balanced act. No inhibitions to hold them back, these figures are free-spirits, masters of their own universe.

When: Till May 18; 3 pm - 8 pm

Where: Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery

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