With over 75 exhibitors from 20 global cities, the India Art Fair in the Capital presents a buffet of material explorations, a salute to the masters, a brush with the contemporary and hidden amidst all that is also the surreal.
Designer Kalpana Das from West Bengal has rendered a modern twist to the gamchha — a traditional cotton towel with checked designs — by turning it into contemporary dresses, skirts, jackets, earrings, necklaces and table runners.
A major chunk of the topics includes shows on issues that generally aren’t very comfortable for people in a public forum. Be it sexual health, mental health, adolescence, women’s rights and the transgender community, here one can share their personal stories.
The 56-year-old, Vadodara-based artist is quick to highlight the art form’s long history, which finds a mention in the pages of The Ramayana. King Janaka orders the creation of the paintings during his daughter Sita’s wedding to Rama.
The exhibition offers a rather unusual look at the Capital, beginning from the 1950s and follows it through the next five decades, with the works of Habib Rahman and renowned photographers Raghu Rai and Madan Mahatta.