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कॉल ऑफ द हिल्स

- दीपक घारे
Call of the Hills - Himachal & Uttarakhand चित्रा वैद्य निसर्गचित्रकार आहेत आणि ‘कॉल ऑफ द हिल्स’ या मालिकेतले पहिले प्रदर्शन 2012 मध्ये त्यांनी केले होते. पश्चिम घाटाच्या पर्वतराजींमधला निसर्ग हा त्यांच्या चित्रांचा विषय होता. आता हे दुसरे प्रदर्शन हिमाचल प्रदेश, उत्तराखंड अशा हिमालय पर्वताच्या कुशीतील अद्भूत निसर्ग, लोकजीवन आणि तेथील संस्कृती यावर आधारित आहे. चित्रा वैद्य यांचे जलरंगावरील प्रभुत्व सर्वांच्या परिचयाचे आहे. या प्रदर्शनाचे वैशिष्ट्य म्हणजे तैलरंग, मिश्र माध्यम, चारकोल अशी विविध माध्यमे त्यांनी जलरंगाच्याच सहजतेने हाताळली आहेत. माध्यमांची विविधता आणि निसर्गाशी एकरूप असलेले लोकजीवनाचे दर्शन ही या प्रदर्शनाची वैशिष्ट्ये आहेत.
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Ganesh Pyne - brush with mythology
by Prakash Bal Joshi
Ganesh Pyne was one of the masters of Indian modern art whose work depict darkness filled at the time of paradigm change taking place in Indian subcontinent. Death, one of the dominating concerns of his work finally took him away from this mortal world but his images will haunt for longer time.
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Old Master A. X. Trindade
by Dr. Nalini Bhagwat
Article on A. X. Trindade by Nalini Bhagwat Antonio Xavier Trindade was one of the important painters trained in the earlier batches of Sir. J. J. School of Art. Trindade was born in him Asnova village in Goa in 1869 and had his childhood also there. He joined Trindade was born in the Asnova village in Goa in 1869 and had his childhood also there. He Joined Sir. J. J. School of Art at the age of 19. He was possibly junior to M.V. Dhurandhar. After completion of his training there, he was appointed as a teacher in the same school. Like all the painters who were trained in J. J. School of Art, Trinbande too was expert in handling pencil, charcoal and watercolour as well as oil painting.
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Jamini Roy - A True Rebel Artist
by Prakash Bal Joshi
JAMINI ROY is perhaps the first among very few artists who tried to deviate from academic western style and searched their Indian roots by drawing inspiration from their culturally rich folk and tribal art. Jamini, born in an obscure village of the Bankura district in West Bengal in 1887 into a middle-class landlord family was sent to study at the Government School of Art in Calcutta. As a gifted boy, he was quick to learn the prevailing academic tradition of drawing classical nudes and use oil paint on canvas. Moving away from his impressionistic landscapes and studio portraits, he began his own search and was heavily influenced by the Kalighat, and evolved his own bold sweeping brush-strokes. Confident about value of his experiments searching new symbols in Indian mythology, he began experiments between 1921 and 1924 with Santhal Dance as reference for his art work.
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Gautam Vaghela - Revivalist Contemporary
by Kishor Ranadiwe
Gautam Vaghela is a true Indian and a true artist. He is a representative of culture. He is an Indian down to the core. He is committed to the missions of culture. The narrative in Vaghela’s works comprises of intellectual upliftment. Vaghela visualizes a cultured, multifaceted and well-wishing connoisseur of life in the role of artist and an individual. Vaghela's work introduces us to the multi-dimensional man alive along with his emotions, dreams and aspirations.
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Abalal Rahiman (1860 – 1931)
by Dr. Nalini Bhagwat
Maratha Lady, Oil on Canvas, 19 inches x 15 inches, by Abalal Rahiman The earliest wellknown master-painter of Kolhapur was Abalal Rahiman who was popular as Abalal - master. The exact date of his birth is not available, however according to the elderly people of Kolhapur it was possibly between 1856 to 1860. His original name was Abdul Aziz. He was born in a family which was wellknown for a tradition of making very artistic manuscripts of Quran.

Though Abalal was expert in handling various techniques, his favourite medium was water colour. His paintings show the appropriate effect of the sunlight and environment. Abalal was a fan of natural beauty. He painted many landscapes. He also painted few portraits.
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Sanjay Bhattacharya – The Young Phenomenon
Sanjay Bhattacharya – The Young PhenomenonSanjay Bhattacharya – The young phenomenon who took the art world by storm barely a decade or so back and is regarded as one of the youngest masters of the Indian art scene today.

The exquisite detail and form, the delicate treatment of light and shade, the absolute realism of these oil on canvas paintings are nothing but sheer ecstasy for the viewer.

Born in 1958 in Calcutta, Sanjay Bhattacharya was youngest of four children of a retired accounts officer. After finishing school, he decided enough was enough as far as academics were concerned and joined Government College of Arts and Crafts in Calcutta. He was there from 1977 to 1982 and graduated with a diploma in fine arts.
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A tribute to a legend: B. C. Sanyal - A Century
by Arindam Mitra
Artist Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal Born in Dibrugarh, Assam at the turn of the century, B C Sanyal studied at the Government School of Art and Craft Calcutta. Always a rebel, he could not align to the styles of the Bengal School or classical Victorian and started expressing in his own way. This unique style earned him a commission to make a statue of Lala Lajpat Rai for the 1929 Congress session at Lahore. Sanyal thereafter settled down in Lahore itself and taught at the Mayo School of Arts. Many a prominent figure in art today have been inspired by him -- Satish Gujral, Kishan Khanna to name a few.
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एक सुंदर प्रवास ... चित्रकलेच्या दुनियेतला

- मिलिंद साठे
'इंडियाआर्ट गॅलरी' सुरू झाल्यानंतरच्या काळात मी आयोजित केलेल्या सुरुवातीच्या उपक्रमांपैकी एक उपक्रम मला आजही अगदी स्पष्ट आठवतो.  हा उपक्रम होता तो म्हणजे एका अनाथाश्रमातल्या मुलांसाठी आयोजित केलेली चित्रकलेची कार्यशाळा आणि शॉपिंगची मजा.  ख्रिसमसच्या निमित्तानं आयोजित केलेला.  एका स्थानिक सुपरस्टोअरनं प्रत्येक मुलामागे शंभर रुपयांचं शॉपिंग प्रायोजित केलं होतं.  मी या मुलांकडे बारकाईनं पाहात होतो. मुलांचं मात्र माझ्याकडे लक्ष नव्हतं.  सगळ्याच मुलांची अशा सुपरस्टोअरमध्येसुध्दा येण्याची ही पहिलीच वेळ.  
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निसर्गाच्या सांस्कृतिक खुणा जपणारी स्मृतिचित्रे

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Call of the Hills - Western Ghats चित्रा वैद्य सर्वांना माहीत आहेत त्या मुख्यतः निसर्गचित्रकार म्हणून. सर जे. जे. स्कूल ऑफ आर्टमध्ये कलाशिक्षण घेऊन चित्रकार एम. के. केळकर यांच्याकडे त्या निसर्गचित्रणाच तंत्र शिकल्या. महाराष्ट्रात निसर्गचित्रांची परंपरा आहे. त्या परंपरेत बसतील अशीच त्यांची निसर्गचित्रे आहेत. पाश्चात्यकला जाणून घेण्यासाठी चित्रकारांच्या एका ग्रुपबरोबर त्या युरोपला जाऊन आल्या आणि नंतर त्यांच्या कामात लक्षणीय बदल झाला. चित्रातले मूलभूत घटक, त्यांची मांडणी, रंगाचे माध्यम याबद्दल त्या अधिक सजग आणि प्रयोगशील झाल्या.
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No Message, Except Self-Illy Nation
by Keshav Malik
Painting by T. K. AwaghadeThe picture of the world in our minds as a bounded circle is what could be said to be mystical. It appears that early on in at least this civilization of several over-lapping layers the deeply seeing seer-eyes gave birth to the yantras and the mandalas and other signs and symbols of potent power. The function of these yantras and mandalas (and the mantras that verbally spelled them out.
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M. V. Dhurandhar - A Great Versatile Painter
by Dr. Nalini Bhagwat
Versatile Painter M. V. Dhurandhar Rao Bahadur Mahadev Vishwanath Dhurandhar was not only a great painter but he was the person whose contribution to the art-world, Mumbai in the first half of the 20th century was the highest. He contributed in various branches of painting like portraiture, landscapes, posters, book-illustrations, genre, literature on art & black and white drawings.

Dhurandhar belonged to Kolhapur in a prestigious family which was famous for its loyalty to the Chhatrapati of Kolhapur. He was born at Mumbai in Phanaswadi, at his mother's house and he was brought up in Kolhapur. His schooling was at the Rajaram High School from where he gave the intermediate grade examination with good marks.
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Prakash Bal Joshi, An artist of understatement
by Mayank Chhaya
Painting by Prakash Bal Joshi Prakash Bal Joshi always had a ruminant face. Sitting in the press gallery of Maharashtra's state assembly, watching the political theater play out below in the well of the house, Prakash would look bemused in a troubled sort of way. In retrospect I think he was more troubled by the lack of aesthetics in the way the legislators behaved than why they did so. I think he was looking at the scene as a painter and trying to make an artistic sense out of it.

That was in the 1980s when he was easily among the best political journalists in Bombay. Not that some twenty years later he has become any less of a political observer; it is just that he has emerged more as a quietly captivating painter and designer. He is also a writer of considerable literary merit.
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Indian contemporary art vibrant despite melt-down
by Prakash Bal Joshi
Indian art walked much ahead of corporate India before world took notice of vibrant Indian economy and began believing in Indian capacity to consistently maintain two-digit annual growth. Indian contemporary artists who were confined mostly to Indian sub-continent and ignored by western media and art world reached Europe and America even before IT professionals began crowding many international airports. Though , not noticed by Indian media or Indian establishments, Indian art helped to change the stereotype image of India into a vibrant country of immense possibilities. Today , Indian art is witnessing exponential growth both culturally and commercially.
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Anjolie Ela Menon
Bride’s Toilette, Oil on Board, Painting by Anjolie Ela MenonOne of India’s most famous artists. Born in 1940, after academics from Lovedale and Delhi University, she initially went to J J School of Art, Bombay that she subsequently rejected. In 1960, Menon went to Paris to study art at the Atelier Fresque of Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Her early days were heavily influenced -- first by the likes of M F Husain and Mohan Samant and then by the works of Amrita Shergil and Modigliani. However, it was Paris where Anjolie Ela Menon really opened up.
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