Some of the art that will be up for display at the Acharya Nandalal Bose Art Gallery. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The first national art exhibition to be hosted by Jamshedpur’s Acharya Nandalal Bose Art Gallery on its third anniversary will flaunt an international brush.
Vision & Creation, the first independent national art exhibition that will be organised by the art gallery housed at The Bengal Club on September 14, will witness participation from about 32 artists from across the country.
The title of the exhibition, Vision & Creation, is a translation of Acharya Nandalal Bose’s book Drishti Au Shrishti.
However, the star attraction of the show will be a couple of paintings by London-based artist Sisir Kanjilal. A chartered accountant by profession and a painter by passion, Kanjilal has agreed to send his creations.
“Artists from various states will display their works at the exhibition, but we are very lucky to get Sisir who will send his paintings from London. He has been regu-larly displaying his works in Calcutta, but this is the first time that the steel city will also get to see his paintings,” said Shubhendu Biswas, member of the Acharya Nandalal Bose Art Gallery.
Kanjilal draws inspiration from Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s poems on nature.
Flowers, landscapes and of course, the vibrant colours of India, where he was born, are the recurrent themes of his oil-on-canvas works.
“I am inspired by Tagore’s poetry because I myself used to write poems. As for the exhibition, my paintings will connect me to the steel city. I am also interested in holding a solo exhibition in Jamshedpur. I am a regular in Calcutta as I stay for about three months every year, putting up shows and exhibition. Exhibitions are necessary to promote art,” Kanjilal told The Telegraph from London.
Kanjilal, who attends evening art classes in London, has participated in a number of exhibitions there and also in India.
As for the other participating artists at the September 14 event, they hail from New Delhi, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Earlier, the gallery, which mainly aims to promote local talent, had organised a number of camps, some held in collaboration with the forest department and Tata Steel Zoological Park.
Tata Steel also organises an annual national camp, Art In Industry, which had witnessed participation from Anjolie Ela Menon and Jatin Das among other famous painters.