True art transcends geography.
Going by this philosophy, 10 contemporary artists of the state will host a mobile exhibition-cum-sale of their paintings called Rhythm of Jharkhand in four capital venues — Ranchi, Patna, Bhubaneswar and New Delhi.
Artists comprise well-known and emerging names such as Haren Thakur, Dinesh Singh, Sharmila Thakur, Ramanuj Shekhar, C.R. Hembrom, Sunil Modi, Vinod Ranjan, Himadri Ramani, Vishwanath Chakraborty and Shilpi Ramani.
This exhibition, to start from October 25, will halt at each city for seven days, Ranchi being the first stopover.
Hembrom, a well-known tribal artist based in Ranchi, said he would exhibit his series on atrocities against women. “The series was appreciated this March at a Lalit Kala Academy exhibition at Bhubaneswar. I was among the 12 artists from across the country to get a prize money of Rs 50,000,” he said.
Hembrom, who is one of the frontrunners of Rhythm of Jharkhand, said he had to travel regularly. “In the course of my trips to the metros or to other parts of India, I see most people don’t know the kind of work Jharkhand artists do. Contemporary art in Jharkhand is vibrant and experimental. We need people to know this,” he said.
He feels mobile exhibitions across cities will definitely help create awareness.
“We need to take our work and show it to the world. That’s what Rhythm of Jharkhand is all about,” he said.
Fellow artist Haren Thakur, also based in Ranchi, said this was one of the “most encouraging steps in recent times”.
“Art has a universal language but needs exposure. I am glad to be a part of a platform that reaches out to people across the country,” Thakur said.