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Kudos for Ranchi artist’s work

A Ranchi based artist’s take on the effects of development on the environment is on display in faraway Mauritius, where it has been winning admiration, even as his feat is being congratulated by his peers back home.

Vinod Ranjan’s work has been on display at the art faculty of Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Moka province since October 29. The exhibition showcasing works by 29 contemporary artists from India will conclude on Thursday.

Speaking to The Telegraph from Mauritius, Delhi-based artist and curator of the show Vigyan Vrat said the response to the exhibition from local art lovers had been overwhelming. ”So far 200 people have seen the paintings and more are expected today and the concluding day,” he said.

He added that on show were 100 works by artists on themes of their choice.

Ranjan (43), whose works are entirely based on environment-related problems said he was approached by Vrat during an exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi in June, where he had displayed his work depicting natural disasters and their consequences.

“He liked my painting and approached me to participate in the Mauritius show. I immediately decided to grab this opportunity and started working,” Ranjan said.

The work on display at present depicts the plight of a crow who earlier used to drink water by dropping stones in a pitcher but with the advent of concrete buildings, was finding it difficult to quench its thirst.

Explaining the significance of his work, Ranjan said he was trying to show the effects of deforestation and industrialisation. “Not only humans are suffering, but even birds and animals have become victims,” he said.

Ranjan’s painting is priced at Rs 39,000 and he hopes to sell it by Thursday. However, Vrat refused to reveal the number of paintings already sold. “We will be able to give the complete picture on Thursday,” he said.

The Delhi artist added that the exhibition found favour among people of Indian origin in the island nation. “They thanked us for taking such a step to promote artists outside the country,” Vrat said.

Meanwhile, well-known city artists like Haren Thakur congratulated Ranjan for participating in the show. “Such platforms not only expose the work of artists to a global market but also gives them confidence to do better in future,” Thakur said.