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Bollywood comes alive in an art exhibition dedicated to 100 years of Indian cinema.

Written by Garima Mishra | Published: April 6, 2013 2:39 am

Bollywood comes alive in an art exhibition dedicated to 100 years of Indian cinema.

Made in mixed medium,Kolkata-based Anirban Khamaru’s painting depicts 50 sunglasses with coloured frames. Each frame has a pair of photographs of famous Bollywood actors — from Prithviraj Kapoor to Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari to Asha Parekh. On the other hand,a sculpture by Mumbai-based Jyotirmay Acharya makes a statement on Indian cinema. Titled Cinema,it shows a goat’s head being cut by a film clapboard. The artist feels that Indian cinema could have contributed to world cinema but couldn’t because it submitted to the entertainment quotient. “I have compared it to a goat,an animal that does not have much say in its existence,” says the artist.

The works are part of 21 exhibits that include paintings,sculptures and a video installation based on the theme of “100 Years of Indian Cinema”,currently on display at Ark Art & Frames Gallery,Koregaon Park. Made by 19 artists from various parts of the country as well as abroad,the works use mediums such as paper pulp,acrylic,pen and ink and mixed media. The exhibition,which was slated to end by April 1,was extended till April 7,owing to the response it fetched from art lovers.

“Around three months ago,some of my artist friends and I came up with the idea. We roped in artists we knew,based in different places and were willing to be a part of the show,” says Umesh Chandra Bera,co-ordinator of the show and also one of the 19 artists exhibiting their works. Describing his paper pulp work,he says,“Since our old movies were black and white,I have made a couple using only black and white. Those days,it was very common for the hero to wear a scarf around his neck,thus the man in my work flaunts one.”

For Tripura-based Santanu Dhar,Bollywood is synonymous with Amitabh Bachchan. Hence,his 30×30 inches abstract painting made in acrylic on canvas,had to have Big B merged with other elements of Indian cinema. “A film cannot be completed without a camera and a film reel; I have used these objects in my painting,” says Dhar,who prefers to work with colours such as grey,red,black,white and yellow.

In the past,Dhar has participated in various solo and group exhibitions in cities such as Nagpur,Guwahati,Delhi and Kolkata. Few of his paintings are a part of the art collection of Rajendra Kirtisala Private Museum in Agartala (Tripura) and Dhoomimal Art Gallery (Delhi).The lone video installation by FTII student Bhisma Pratim and Jadhavpur University’s Sulakshana Biswas,explores the absence of flaneuse (a female flaneur) in Indian cinema.

“Our aim was to present something which hasn’t been attempted in Bollywood till now. We haven’t had any film in the history of Hindi films on a flaneuse — a woman who is just a stroller,going around the city,something like the character played by Raj Kapoor in the film Awara (1951),” says Pratim. The two-minute video was shot in Kolkata two months ago.

The exhibition is on at Art & Frames Gallery,Koregaon Park,till April 7.

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