Krishna - The Enigma

E-557, Greater Kailash - II,Delhi,Delhi,India
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Krishna - The Enigma

Start date: 2018-03-27 11:00:00

Gallerie Ganesha
E-557, Greater Kailash - II,Delhi,Delhi

End date: 2018-03-27 19:00:00

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Created on: 2018-03-20 22:03:54 by:Poonampersona

Ajmer -based artist Ashok Hazra portrays the Srinathji form of Krishna to evoke peace and harmony in a solo show titled Krishna -The Enigma @ Gallerie Ganesha, March 23-April 18, 2018 New Delhi: When Krishna is your muse, the art that captures the myriad nuances of this blue-skinned deity is bound to be both enigmatic and spiritual. Inspired by the Srinathji form of Krishna in Nathdwara, Rajasthan, Ajmer-based artist Ashok Hazra is showing a solo show of paintings titled Krishna – The Enigma at Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash II, New Delhi from March 23 to April 18, 2018, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. “I am deeply fascinated by Krishna, in whom I find great relevance for even the contemporary world,” says Hazra, the eight child of a family that moved from Lahore to Midnapore, West Bengal post Partition, “Krishna’s flexibility, adaptability, statesmanship and courage in the face of any challenge inspired me both as a person and as an artist.” It is no wonder then that Hazra discovered his love for the dark-colored God during one of his visits to Ramkrishna Mission in Paharganj, New Delhi, just as he was himself struggling to cope with the challenges of making ends meet during his college life. “I have been supporting myself since I was in Class 9,” reveals Hazra, who studied BFA at Delhi College of Art, “my elder brother Dilip Hazra was also an artist but he could hardly paint because he was in a government job. I did not want to be restricted by bureaucratic hassles so I moved to Ajmer to teach art at Mayo College.” Hazra was at Mayo from 1977 to 2008. Before Hazra began painting Krishna (one of his earlier series was about Krishna’s playfulness as a flute player), he won great acclaim for his work on Fantasy (in which he tried to express and give form to the dreams and visions of his youth), and the Clown series which poignantly told the hidden stories behind a clown’s life. “I used to visit the circus in Ramlila Grounds as a child and again what struck me about clowns is how they hold the whole act together with their mischief and flamboyance even though their life is not so easy.” He then went on to work with the ever popular Ganesha, the elephant headed god, and began working on Krishna in 1998. He says, “Changes in forms and themes remain a part of the process, but the underlying note or mood in all my works is the feel for everything Indian.” 70-year-old Hazra sticks to no particular school of thought or style and is inspired by the mood and surroundings as per the moment. Hazra loves to experiment with various surfaces, media and textures, enjoying the freedom and space it allows him. “My work is all about textures, I neither follow the Bengal school, nor the Rajasthani miniature style. I have worked with many mediums like pencil, water colors, oils, water-proof inks and acrylics." Whatever the subject may be of his paintings, it’s Hazra’s love for nature, inculcated by visits to his village in Midnapore, that remains a constant in his work. “Fields, ponds, flora and fauna they will always be part of me and my paintings,” says Hazra, who had won several awards in college for his sublime watercolours, a medium he finds the most profound. He moved to acrylic thirty years ago, finding it more suited for his work. For this series as well, he uses the subtle shades of acrylic to recreate the dark jambul coloured icon, surrounded with cows gazing at him with soulful eyes. These paintings have a calming effect on the mind and soul. The rhythmic brush strokes, the forms and textures, the lines and dots and the layering of colours are all reflective of Hazra’s connect with the god himself. Each frame shows the immense soul searching which has gone into giving a body to the enigma of a God. “In today’s world we try to look for peace in times of conflict and it is in Krishna, his lila and mysticism that we find solace,” he says.

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