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The Nine Emotions of Art

DAG’s Navrasa to examine stellar Indian modern art through the lens of feelings

Anannya Sarkar Published 10.12.20, 01:41 AM
Opening on December 11 with a weeklong virtual preview on the gallery website, the works will be on display in the DAG galleries in New Delhi and Mumbai from December 18 to January 10.

Opening on December 11 with a weeklong virtual preview on the gallery website, the works will be on display in the DAG galleries in New Delhi and Mumbai from December 18 to January 10. Sourced by the correspondent

Encapsulating the momentous year that it has been and how it has brought out all the emotions in us, DAG will host Navrasa — The Nine Emotions of Art, an art show that examines exceptional works of Indian modern art through the nine primary emotions.

Opening on December 11 with a weeklong virtual preview on the gallery website, the works will be on display in the DAG galleries in New Delhi and Mumbai from December 18 to January 10.

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Navrasa views stellar works of Indian masters through the lens of the aesthetic expression of nine ‘bhavas’ or emotions that lie at the foundation of Indian art. Exploring the moods that we experience, but with a skew towards beauty, Navrasa depicts these emotions through the prism of art with a uniquely Indian perspective.
Dividing the works of art into nine sections, Navrasa interprets artistic practices into shringara (beauty, love and romance), haasya (laughter and satire), karuna (compassion), veera (courage and heroism), raudra (anger), bheebhatsya (disgust or revulsion), bhayanak (horror, terror or fear), adbhut (a sense of wonderment) and shaantha (peace and tranquillity). Among the highlights are works by M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, Krishen Khanna, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Jamini Roy, B. Prabha, Sunil Das, Rameshwar Broota, K.K. Hebbar, D.P. Roy Chowdhury, Madhvi Parekh, Altaf, Gogi Saroj Pal, Paritosh Sen, Nikhil Biswas, Rabin Mondal, Somnath Hore, Jogen Chowdhury, K.C.S. Paniker, A. Ramachandran, Kshitindranath Mazumdar, as well as rare works by Raja Ravi Varma, A.H. Muller and Stefan Norblin, among others.
The exhibit will include prints, paintings and sculptures; it will have 129 works of fine art by 85 artists.

Navrasa views stellar works of Indian masters through the lens of  emotions

Navrasa views stellar works of Indian masters through the lens of emotions Sourced by the correspondent

“We will long remember 2020 for the havoc that it created but also for the path to hope that it ignited. To mark an event that has reshaped our lives, I wanted to mark the transition from 2020 to 2021 with an exhibition where we could revisit the many moods we experienced and their relationships with each other expressed through the medium of art. Navrasa is our tribute to this experience seen through the eyes of artists who are forever calibrating the world as they see it, and I hope looking at these works through the lens of different emotions will ignite your curiosity and interest in a refreshingly different way of understanding and looking at modern art,” said Ashish Anand, DAG CEO and managing director.

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