Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi and DAG Modern screened an award-winning documentary, A Far Afternoon: A Painted Saga by Krishen Khanna, directed by Sruti Harihara Subramanian and produced by Piramal Art Foundation on Thursday.
The film was screened along with the original art works at the ongoing exhibition, India Modern, in which 57 creations by 41 significant artists of India are being displayed, including a canvas by Krishen Khanna.
The viewers watched the artist at work along with insights into his creative space while painting his large and famous canvas — A Far Afternoon. Recipient of the 2016 National Award for Best Art /Cultural Film, the documentary is the filmmaker’s attempt to capture the artistic process involved in the creation of the eponymous art work by veteran artist Krishen Khanna.
Presented in five parts, the documentary also features art historians and fellow artists, including Gayatri Sinha, Ranjit Hoskote and A Ramachandran, talking about Khanna’s artistic techniques and his contribution to Indian modern art.
The film carefully traces Khanna’s influences, his memories of Progressive Artists’ Group — one of the most important collectives to emerge in Indian modern art, his obsession with Indian marriages and baraat processions, which led him create an entire series on the bandwallahs.The film delves into those influences that eventually rendered themselves on canvas, while also capturing the artist’s process of creating a five-panel painting, titled ‘A Far Afternoon’.
In a career spanning over 50 years, Khanna has established himself as one of the most prolific and influential painters in the Indian art landscape.
The screening at Punjab Kala Bhawan was followed by a discussion between viewers and Abhilasha Gaud from Delhi, an expert on films and artists.