In Tune with Nature

Images of the devastating flood and landslides in Uttarakhand shocked the nation.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: August 20, 2013 5:02 am

Images of the devastating flood and landslides in Uttarakhand shocked the nation. Sitting at his home in Delhi,it left KR Subbanna with a scary thought — he could have been one of the victims. The Delhi-based artist was at Barsu village in the region in June,days before the torrential rains hit the area. In its calm valley,he had sought solace to concentrate on his art along with 14 artists in a camp organised by NIV Art Centre. The centre decided to organise a charitable exhibition,the proceeds of which will be used to construct 60 houses in Thoshi village in Uttarakhand. “It’s doing our bit for the victims,” says Shaji Mathew,co-director of the centre.

The 30-odd frames that comprise the exhibition “After the Raudra” present different pictures of Uttarakhand,from hope to misery. If Suparna Mondal has portrayed the adverse effects of urbanisation in the

mountains through fallen buildings and Lord Shiva’s third eye in background,Karunakaran CN shows a couple in close harmony with nature. Anoop Kamath showcases the suffering of children due to the calamity through his portrait,whereas Subbanna captures the area through an aerial view of Ganga,where a goat occupies the foreground. “The Himalayas are incomparable and its beauty is unmatched. The disaster is unfortunate,” says Subbanna.

The exhibition at NIV Art Centre,210,Neb Sarai,is on till August 25. Contact: 29535508

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