The Bliss of Being
Till 20 April
Calligraphy is an intricate practice. Laying an expressive stroke full of rhythm and bounce, and controlling the nib and the flow of ink, is achieved only practice.
The ‘Bliss of Being’ showcases the calligraphic works of Poosapati Parameshwar Raju. This exhibition will showcase works that have evolved over 25 years of practice in the art of calligraphy. The works have been chosen from eight series—starting from the earlier works on Mythological iconography.
Raju hails from Vizianagaram. And consequently, the artist knows about traditional customs, rituals, practices and folklore that have been passed on through generations. Raju specialized in design from the Government School of Art in Aurangabad.
The artist, over a stretch of time, has been successful in bringing together knowledge, his experiences as a professional in the area of design and his practise of calligraphy. He has travelled extensively within the country soaking in history, aesthetic information of culture and tradition and also exploring various inks, nibs and papers. At the Ethos Gallery, Jayanagar. Tel: 9844040888/9343242999.
Here’s a typical Ugadi festival you shouldn’t miss. There’s enough to keep you occupied at this day-long extravaganza at Ranga Shankara, from Bevu Bella and Obbattu to good theatre, poetry and music. Ranga Ugadi will commence at 11am with soulful music and songs by Subhadra Mansoor. Other programmes include poetry and play reading by some of well-known Kannada poets such as N.S. Lakshminarayana Bhatta, H.S. Venkatesh Murthy, Dalita Kavi Siddhalingiah, Jaraganhalli.
Prathibha Nandakumar and others. Readings by greats such as Pramod Shiggaon and Diwakar will be interspersed with short theatre pieces. The theatre performances will include Typical TP Kailasam (directed by T.N. Narasimhan) and Mukhya Mantri (directed by B.V. Rajaram), among others. Another interesting feature of the day includes theatre music by participating troupes and percussion ensemble. Watch out for Jembe by Ganesh and party. At the Ranga Shankara café, you can also enjoy some typical ‘Habba Oota’. 11 am. At Ranga Shankara. For details, call 26493982/ 26592777.
A Divine Encounter: A solo exhibition by Appanna Pujari
Appanna Pujari has been inspired by traditional paintings and has innovated using them as a base. His traditional images are drawn from the eclectic stylization of Indian iconography. The most unique twist in his works is his ability to add a bit of wit and humour to the images. He unifies flesh and spirit and affirms the ever-changing and multiple identity of gods and myths in all its diversity and imagination. At the Kynkyny Art Gallery, Kumarapark.
Compiled by Pavitra Jayaraman