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Bengal-Nama: Rich heritage of art from Bengal

By Rajesh Kumar

“Be it about alienation or issues of resistance, radical criticism of the socio-political systems or playful irony and banter about the ‘bhadralok’, you find a rich diversity and multiplicity in the image-making emerging from the region. The artists bring alive through the terrestrial prism a glimpse of ideas and movements that are vitally relevant to our times, historically and politically from the past to now”, said curator Ina Puri.


Gallery Art Positive presents a group show ‘Bengal-Nama’ at Bikaner House from 26th November to 4th December. The exhibition features artworks of diverse range of media including textiles, paintings, photography, ceramics, installations, sculptures and collages. The artists of the group show include 20 modern and contemporary artists from Bengal and Bangladesh. As the name of the show suggests, the show pays homage to Bengal and its rich heritage of art practice from early times.


The artists of the show are Bapi Das, Bappaditya Biswas, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Debasish Mukherjee, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Jogen Chowdhury, K. G. Subramanyan, Narayan Chandra Sinha, Najmun Nahar Keya, Paritosh Sen, Partha Dasgupta, Promotesh Das Pulak, Reba Hore, Shahria Sharmin, Shimul Saha, Shyamal Dutta Ray, Soma Das, Soumya Sankar Bose, Sudipta Das, and Yasmin Jahan Nupur.


Shimul Saha’s engraving and pencil drawing on archival paper presents different time periods of Bengal in a single frame whereas India based textile artist and craft activist Bappaditya Biswas showcased his experiment with indigo, which was an important movement during Swadeshi times. Sudipta Das’s ‘Home’ was the showstopper for the preview show. The artwork includes various doll-like figurines which makes sharp artistic commentary on society.


“I am confident that the show with its stellar artistic pratitioners is set to make a strong curatorial statement on the behalf of Gallery Art Positive as we celebrate our 15th anniversary”, said Anu Bajaj, Director of Gallery Art Positive.

The show is on view till 4th December 2022 at Bikaner House, New Delhi. After that the exhibition will travel to Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi.

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