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The black and white portraits of Nargis and Raj Kapoor embracing each other; the side view of Raj Kumar in a long coat and hat; a close-up of a smiling Sunil Dutt and the Show Man Raj Kapoor in his classic pose with a finger pointing to the sky

Written by Pallavi Chattopadhyay | Published: September 8, 2013 3:04:07 am

The black and white portraits of Nargis and Raj Kapoor embracing each other; the side view of Raj Kumar in a long coat and hat; a close-up of a smiling Sunil Dutt and the Show Man Raj Kapoor in his classic pose with a finger pointing to the sky. These iconic pictures can recreate the magic of Indian cinema from the ’50s and ’60s.

In celebration of the 100 years of Indian cinema,a collection of similar portraits of unforgettable screen legends from Indian cinema taken by late photographer J H Thakker,will be part of the photography section at the second edition of the United Art Fair to be held at Pragati Maidan from September 14 onwards.

Peter Nagy,one of the curators and the founder of Nature Morte gallery,says,“There will be 283 artists from India and abroad this year. Also,the layout of the fair is not linear this time.”

Artists working across genres of painting,sculpture,photography,graphic art,fashion,furniture,ceramics and architecture,will be a part of the fair,while it will also showcase artists working with folk and tribal art. Among the list of Indian artists at the fair are Shobha Deepak Singh,Devangana Kumar,Rohit Sharma and Ganesh Kushwah,apart from international artists such as Ayelet Albenda from Israel,whose work deals with Israeli soldiers and the Gaza strip.

Besides photographers spearheading a series of lectures,entertainment programmes in the form of performances by bands have been scheduled to keep up the interest levels of the viewers,says founder-director Annurag Sharma. Talking about why the number of artists has dwindled to almost half its number as compared to last year,Sharma says,“This time,we are filtering the entries we receive to focus on the quality.”

The United Art Fair will be held from September 14 to 17 in Halls 8,9,10 and 11 at Pragati Maidan,between 11 am and 7 pm

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