| Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Indian Council for Cultural Relations president Karan Singh at the exhibition in Patna on Friday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Various facets of human life were portrayed through the paintings of artists from 10 different countries at hotel Maurya on Friday.
Works of 25 artists from 10 Indo-Asean countries were put up at an exhibition — Merging Metaphors. Total 45 works were on display.
Apart from India, the artists are from Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
All the 45 art works on display were created during the artists’ stay at Darjeeling in Bengal from June 10-16 this year.
The exhibition, being organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), would continue for a week.
The exhibition, which was inaugurated by newly appointed chancellor of Nalanda University Amartya Sen, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Indian Council for Cultural Relations president Karan Singh, will be shifted to Patna Museum on Sunday.
Arun Kumar Sinha, a senior artist from Patna who came to see the paintings put up at the exhibition, said: “The paintings on display deal with different forms of human life and have been portrayed through colours. One of the sculptors deal with Bengal terracotta, popular in Bankura district in the neighbouring state. The sculptor (Tapas Sarkar) has nicely used colour in place of mud.”
Similarly, an art work acrylic on canvas, Sexual Imagination, prepared by Indonesian artist Pupuk Daru Purnomo depicts a bed in room, which is completely disorganised.
Arvind Kumar, an art student of Banaras Hindu University, who came to attend the workshop, said: “The painting (of Purnomo) focuses on the artist’s hidden imagination drawn from human physiology and psychiatry. At the centre of the bed is the resemblance of a face, which reflects man’s hidden emotions.”
Director-general of Indian Council for Cultural Relations Suresh K. Goel said the idea behind the exhibition is to “promote cultural collaborations and improve the understanding between India and the other countries.
“A common cultural thread keeps India and the other south Asian countries together. This is evident in their performing art, architecture, textile and also their cultures,” he added.