Appreciate, encourage, contribute – how these artists promote creativity while having a social impact

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Recently held in the Art Corridor at the Taj West End in Bangalore, the exhibition titled Kala for Vidya was a fundraising show for children’s education. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Bangalore, the showcase was curated by artist-curator MG Doddamani (see Part I of our coverage here).

The artworks were priced from Rs 25,000 to Rs 6.5 lakh. See our coverage of Doddamani’s previous Oorja (‘energy‘) exhibitions held at 2020 and 2018, and the special online edition called Oorja untied hosted online during the pandemic.

Art for a cause

“We should all come together and help each other, especially with this show. This is an opportunity for everyone to do their part to help underprivileged children acquire knowledge,” says Doddamani, in a conversation with Your story.

The public should encourage artists and work to make the world more informed and tolerant. “Let’s create hope with unity,” he adds. His artistic collective Oorja plans another show later this year.

The artists’ program for the recent exhibition included Nita Kembhavi, Nivedita Gouda, Paresh Hazra, Prabha Harsoor, Pradeep Kumar DM, Praveen Kumar, Rama Suresh, Ramesh Terdal, Ravi Kashi, Reshma AK and Rosh Ravindran.

Other Featured artists were Sachin Jaltare, Shan Re, Shirley Mathew, Shivakumar Kesaramadu, Shraddha Rati, Spoorthi Murali, Subramaniam G, Vasudev SG, Venita Lall Vohra, Venugopal VG and Yusuf Arakkal.

Art and creativity

“The art on your wall is the mirror of your mind. In many ways, you see the reflection of your thoughts on this canvas,” explains Musten Jiruwala, Program coordinator at the Rotary Club of Bangalore.

“Sometimes the art on the wall can help you put your thoughts in order,” he adds.

“I experimented with sand on canvas for the texture of Buddha’s face, as well as radiant backgrounds that radiate energy,” says the Bengaluru-based artist. Nivedita Gouda. His works are Buddha-themed, but the message through them and the essence vary.

For example, Buddha – The Radiant depicts a form of Buddha radiating through cosmic space and time. “It describes him as the generative force behind all phenomena in the universe,” she says. Buddha’s teachings lead to enlightenment, compassion, unity and hope.

Buddha – Zen is all about how we get lost and stuck in our own maze of thoughts. We can only experience freedom and move toward enlightenment when we center ourselves and stay grounded,” adds Nivedita.

The new normal

For two years, the pandemic has disrupted the art exhibition industry, but has also boosted virtual events and online workshops.

“I am happy to do physical exhibitions, now that the pandemic seems to have ended. But online exhibitions were a good way to reach many people around the world, with less effort compared to physical exertion,” Doddamani recalls.

He would like to keep open the possibility of virtual exhibitions. “But I prefer physical ones because it has a huge impact when art lovers see the artwork physically. They can better connect and appreciate the art. Also, we artists like to interact and get spontaneous feedback from viewers,” he adds.

With the pandemic easing, Nivedita is seeing more physical exposures happening. “Even though online exhibitions had their own advantages, physical exposures have the upper hand since artists can interact with art lovers. Art lovers can connect to art much more effectively,” she says.

Messages and Meaning

Nivedita plans to explore more textures in her works to create depth and add value. “I want to express myself even more freely through my subject and bring in new ideas,” says Nivedita.

“I would like to see more and more people become interested in art, learn more about valuing art, appreciate originality and encourage artists,” she urges the public.

“Keep working, hard work always pays off. Your efforts are directly proportional to success. Pandemic or no pandemic, never stop practicing and work to create original works rather than imitations,” Doddamani advises budding artists.

“Always stay original. Let your art do the talking and connect emotionally,” suggests Nivedita.

“The true beauty of art lies in the beauty of ideas. Create art that truly expresses you,” signs Nivedita.

Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues to explore your creative heart?

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Edited by Teja Lele Desai

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