Take a peep into the Bengali way of life and its culture, through the exhibition Rongobhoomi
From thought-provoking paintings to abstract masterpieces, there is no possible limit to what art can express and how it expresses it. Much in the same fashion, artists take to the canvas for varied purposes. While some paint magical strokes with an intention of putting across a message, the rest term it prudent for the onlooker to gauge the essence.
As the city gets set to seal a rendezvous with a cluster of works by Bengali artists during Rongobhoomi –a collection of artworks from Bengal, one wonders whether the creative souls share a common purpose. Curator for the exhibition, Neepa Sharma, instantly replies, “Though different artists have dabbled in different mediums, they are united in their mission of transporting art-enthusiasts straight to Bengal. The subtle intention being, to acquaint one and all with the region’s culture.” From Bengali features dominating the frames to portraits of mystic Bauls, the works do offer a rich peep in the Bengali way of life.
According to Neepa, more often than not, it is the lack of awareness that holds admirers of artworks back. “We want to showcase the wonders of Bengali art to the Tricity. They should be familiarised with different art forms and artists. Why just centre on artists from the region?” she questions.
Neepa and art-enthusiast Poonam observe that a major put off for spectators is when painting styles and subjects get repetitive. Hailing constant reinvention as hallmarks of Bengali paintings, they say, “One commendable thing about artists from Bengal is their insatiable appetite to push their boundaries.”
With as many as 32 paintings all set to take your mind’s eye on a trip to the ‘land of colours’, one wonders whether some predominant theme emerges out of all the works. It does not take long to notice that majority of the exhibits have women as their subject. While artist Animesh Biswas depicts the chastity and purity of a woman engaged in red-light areas, Subroto Das explores Radha and paints works with religious undertones. “Women make for beautiful subjects. While some artists like Anindya Mukherjee chose to explore her modern side, others have portrayed her in a retro Bengali setting. They all seem to be celebrating womanhood and femininity in their own unique way,” Neepa and Poonam observe in unison. The duo share that they plan to hold an exhibition with all-women artists in the near future to promote the artists.