Mr. Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India and Padma Shri Shovana Narayanlaunched a unique painting exhibition cum sale, ‘Kala Vithi’, showing the work of 10 master painters, at the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Gallery, in the capital today. Its curator, Durgesh Shankar, and other prominent dignitaries, were also present during the inauguration.

kala Vithi Exhibition at lalit kala academy

Durgesh Shankar, an ex IRS officer who in his young days posted in Jodhpur, fell in love with the rich and
colorful heritage of Rajasthani traditional arts. As a connoisseur of such art and paintings, he went on an extensive search to bring together the best in the field. Shilp Guru Pradip Mukherjee, Padma Shri S. Shakir Ali, Shilp Guru Nand Kishore Sharma, Shilp Guru Rewa Shankar Sharma, National Awardee Shammi Sharma ‘Bannu’, National Awardee Ramu Ramdev, National Awardee Kalyan Joshi, National Awardee Trilok Prakash Soni, National Awardee Raja Ram Sharma, and Kuldeepak Soni are the 10 Master Painters featured at the ‘Kala Vithi’ art exhibition. The exhibition showcases a unique experiment of contemporary themes through traditional arts.
The event witnessed the participation of eminent personalities from the world of film and media such as Ms. Ambika Anand (Editor-in-Chief, Fashion, NDTV Good Times) and Ms. Charu Shankar (Actor and TV host).

kala Vithi Exhibition at lalit kala academy

kala Vithi Exhibition at lalit kala academy

The exhibition shall continue from February 13 to February 19, 2016, at the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Gallery. Over 100 paintings are on display, some from private collections of the painters. Among the works on sale include phad paintings (originally narrative scrolls on long canvas pieces, since miniaturized and painted on cloth/canvas or paper), pichwais (large paintings intended to provide a backdrop to the idol of Sri Nathji, to depict a festival or mood) and Rajasthani, Mughal and Persian miniature paintings.

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