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    Four budding artists showcase their works at Mahua

    Starting Monday, Mahua Art Gallery will play host to the works of four new artists – the recipients of the HK Kejriwal Young Artist Award. While the award has been around for years, this time the winners constitute three painters and one graphic designer, unlike earlier years where sculpturists also made it to the list. “We didn’t get too many sculpturists who made the cut,” shares founder, Meena Jaipuria, after whose father (one of the founding members of Chitrakala Parishat) the award has been named.
    Having received over 1,000 entries, Jaipuria reveals that it was quite a task identifying the best four. “We looked at things like technique and concept. We wanted to see how strong the concept was and how well it was represented in their work,” explains Jaipuria.
    Reinterpreting Indian mythology with a contemporary twist, Sonal Varshneya from Agra employs age old folk art techniques to make statements about feminism. Originally working with purely black and white, she now dabbles with other colours as well. While Varshneya’s works are a look into the past, Bharti Verma from Delhi, looks at the present and how it could affect the future. Her works reflect the rapid urban expansion and development of cities.
    For Suchendar P, it’s the love for wildlife that fueled him to create a commentary on the relationship between wildlife and humans. Taking inspiration from the media coverage of wild animals invading human territory, the Mysore-based painter’s works connect the local issue to problems such as greed.
    Completing the list of winners is Bengaluru’s Sadhna Prasad, an illustrator and graphic designer whose works are reflective and based on a concept of a parallel world. “The artworks are very different from each other and deal with varied themes, which is another thing we were looking for. We will also be conducting workshops on art appreciation and the history of Indian art next month,” she says.
    July 18. At Sadashivnagar. Details: 23616971

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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