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    An event that brings together seasoned and emerging artists

    ARTMANTRAM, a not-for-profit enterprise promoting contemporary Indian art, presents a five-day exhibition titled ‘Phenomenal Woman That Is Me’. On until Sunday, the show is a tribute to legendary poet Maya Angelou. Art connoisseurs can expect an impressive selection with a common element of feminism running through all the paintings. On display are 40 works of art by well established and upcoming artists like Doddamani, Arpana Caur, Lal Ratnakar, Ranjita Kant, Kavita Vardhan and Aparijitha Vasudev. Promising a versatile and diverse collection of pieces for the discerning art lover, other participating artists of note include Baiju Dev, Purshotham Adve, Manas Ranjan Jena, G Subra and L Saraswathy.

    “At ArtMantram, we always try to bring together a good mix of seasoned and emerging artists, thereby giving the latter a chance to showcase their work with the veterans. Expect a selection of water colour, oil on canvas, abstract and charcoal paintings,” says curator Raji Narayan.

    Social angle
    The festival also sees the presentation of the Annual Mantram Women Achievers Awards, some of the awardees being renowned singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, feminist poet HL Pushpa, and Anita Reddy, a kalamkari revivalist.
    Aiming to make it more than just an art show, the event promotes social responsibility and awareness through a session with Sima Bhushan, the founder of Learning Arc and an expert on dyslexia, which will be followed by a talk and presentation by Anuradha Sarin of Microgram, a project that seeks to financially aid marginalised rural women.

    Rs.10,000 upwards. At ITC Windsor, Golf Course Road. Details: 22269898

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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