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The Sunday Guardian - - Artbeat -

Imag­ine a group show where the list of par­tic­i­pants in­cludes al­most all the big­gest names from the spheres of In­dian con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern art. The on­go­ing show at Delhi’s Art Alive gallery, ti­tled Art NOW 17’, is an at­tempt to do some­thing sim­i­lar. Sakti Bur­man, An­jolie Ela Menon, Satish Gu­jral, Jatin Das, Kr­ishen Khanna, and Thota Vaikun­tam among oth­ers are some of the lu­mi­nar­ies who have sent their lat­est paint­ings and sculp­tures for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

In to­tal, 34 artists are part of this show, which first opened, on 25 Novem­ber, at the Lalit Kala Akademi, and after a week, was shifted to Art Alive gallery. The pre­vi­ous edi­tion of the show was hosted at Mumbai’s famed Je­hangir Art Gallery in 2016.

Su­naina Anand, founder of Art Alive gallery, is the cu­rated the present show. She told Guardian 20: “The idea here is to look at the works of the artists on a yearly ba­sis. How they are mov­ing with their art prac­tices. We have added nine more artists to the list of 25 as in the pre­vi­ous show.”

The In­dian mod­ernist Kr­ishen Khanna has sent his re­cent paint­ing, Min­strels in a Wood for the Delhi show. In it, he plays with his usual trope of band wal­lahs. The fig­ures are a mix of two be­cause they are not nat­u­ral, they don’t ex­ist in sur­round­ings around us, in our ev­ery­day life.” All

reer I was con­fused about my sub­jects. It was all be­cause of K.G. Subra­manyan, my teacher, who helped me find my theme. Mani-da [K. Sub-

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