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The Raga Theory

Twelve years ago,when classical musician Ayaan Ali Khan held his first art exhibition at the age of 19,his paintings depicted motifs of Ganesha,an image that has been his muse ever since he was a child doodling on paper.

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April 25, 2012 3:19:07 am

Twelve years ago,when classical musician Ayaan Ali Khan held his first art exhibition at the age of 19,his paintings depicted motifs of Ganesha,an image that has been his muse ever since he was a child doodling on paper. Today,as he opens his second exhibition at The Lalit after all these years,he has the same muse,but a different outlook. “Now I have grown up and these works appear wiser,” says he.

Featuring 40 works,the exhibition titled “Ragas”,has a series of repetitive images of Ganesha holding a sitar,in watercolour and acrylic. “I have this need to connect music with art. The works also signify music to me since music is the utmost form of spirituality,” says Khan,who chooses to keep all his artwork untitled. “I did not want to limit them by labelling them. There are so many ragas and you cannot limit them to one work,” he states,adding that the works painted in a span of three months are aimed at connecting with the youth. “They signify a sort of youthful energy and I have used vibrant colours,” says he.

The exhibition is on till May 10 at The Lalit,between 11 am to 7 pm. Contact: 44447131

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