The messages have been flowing in thick and fast from every billboard and SMS — yoga is good for the body, mind and soul. An exhibition, “Yoga Chakra, Tradition & Modernity”, at the Sangeet Natak Akademi shows that yoga is just as good for art.
A group of men sits in meditation around a monument in Ajay Sharma’s photograph, Wetness, its impact heightened by the shawls that fall down their heads and hide their faces from the outside world. Another work, Kavita Nayar’s Eco Yoga, is a study of yoga postures on a surface of tiny leaves. Princess Pea brings in an element of quirk with her non-realistic paintings of women with bulbous heads and disproportionately thin bodies in postures of surya namaskar.
Other exhibits include the bronze statue of the dancing girl of Mohenjodaro, gold coins from the reign of fourth century king Samudragupta, and Awakening Today, a digital projection on a plastic sheet, by Kunal Kalra.
A modern commentary comes in Decanting the Chaos by Sandeep Biswas, who has placed photographs of a beehive, a sack and similar objects in glass jars to indicate the disconnect between human life and the environment. The artwork are divided into three sections, Gyana, Dhyana and Karma, and further eight sub-sections.
The week-long exhibition showcases nearly 400 works by more than 150 artists from across the country. Many of the displays are historic masterpieces sourced from the National Museum and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi and the Museum of Sacred Art, Belgium.
“The main idea behind incorporating these multimedia and multicultural creations is to show how yoga has evolved from the ancient times to meet the demands of the present and has still remained true to its original form,” says Sushma Bahal, Curator of the exhibition.
The show is on at Sangeet Natak Akademi till June 2.