Stories on the Wall

The show is a precursor to Bookaroo 2013,a children’s literature festival,which will be held in the Capital next week.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: November 12, 2013 12:04:17 am

Amid the serious setting of Vadehra Gallery Book Store,it’s refreshing to spot a friendly giant orange cow,and a gargantuan Moby Dick-like fish floating against the angry sea waves. As part of “Bookart — an exhibition of illustrations”,the gallery store is hosting a series of works by 10 well-known illustrators of children’s books. Organised by FICA,Vadehra Gallery Book Store,in collaboration with Bookaroo,the exhibition involves works by illustrators such as Ayeshe Sadr and Ishaan Dasgupta,Neeta Gangopadhya,Shashi Shetye and Tapas Guha.

The show is a precursor to Bookaroo 2013,a children’s literature festival,which will be held in the Capital next week. “Exhibitions have always been a part of the Bookaroo festival,but for the last five years,we’ve been exhibiting at the festival venues. This is the first time that we have chosen an apt place like Vadehra book store as a part of our outreach programme in the city,” says Swati Roy,one of the festival directors. The others are Jo Williams and M Venkatesh.

One will find a cow from Sadr and Dasgupta’s book Cow,a counting book for children. Suddhasattwa Basu brings alive Matsya,Manu the fisherman’s fish which grows every day until it is thrown into the sea,in Shanta Rameshwar Rao’s story Matsya:The Magical Fish. On the other wall,Guha’s illustrations from Muthu’s Dreams and Satyajit Ray’s Feluda bring you action-packed scenes reminiscent of the Feluda’s Western counterpart,Tintin.

Among the exhibits is also work by legendary illustrator Pulak Biswas,considered a pioneer in his field,who passed away in August this year. He is known for portraying India through his simple drawings with traditional,folksy flourishes. Biswas’s famous works include Mulk Raj Anand’s A Day in the Life of Maya Mohenjo-Daro and Anushka Ravishankar’s Tiger on a Tree. The exhibition has a special display of 16 of his illustrations and books from the collection of Children’s Book Trust as a tribute.

The exhibition is on at Vadehra Gallery Book Store,D-42,Defence Colony,till November 19. Open all days

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