What: Born in Puri, artist Tapan Dash moved to Delhi in 1996 and since then, canvas has been his choice of self-expression. Dash acknowledges that his paintings are subconsciously influenced by the sculptures and art he witnessed as a child in Orissa. His works are on display at the ongoing exhibition ‘Dialectics of Garden Bloom’. Everyday scenes of breakfast, siestas, offerings, street sellers find space in his work, imbued with a distinct artistic sensibility. Dash states that such images also depict his journey, from Bhubaneswar to Delhi. The diverse imagery in his paintings brings together the figural and the abstract. While most artists follow a well-structured thought process, he relies on spontaneity when it comes to creative expression. As an artist sharing his work, Dash wants viewers to draw their own inferences. His works also bring together magnificent symbols of the individual spirit with the larger mythological signs, demonstrating their interactions.
What: August 21 – September 30
Where: Gallery 1000A, Lado Sarai
Tale of a city
What: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art presents ‘A Series of Intensives: Small Forces’. This is the sixth program of the ‘The Artists’ Way’ series of intensives, organized virtually by KNMA. These intensives have been conceptualized and led by practicing artists who have been using workshops and different pedagogic formats as part of their art-making process. This three-day intensive is based on Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty’s hypothesis on ‘small forces’ which has emerged largely from their field work experiences. They aim at exploring frameworks for engaging with the idea of ‘small forces’ through narratives, stories, semi-fiction, transactional capacities of form within urban environments, etc. The focus will be to think of cities (and societies) through non-institutionalised frameworks, not as a set of infrastructure or a meta-society, but as trips & kicks.
When: September 2 – 4
Where: Website of KNMA
What: India Habitat Centre presents ILF Samanvay – the Indian Languages Festival which was created as a platform to bring together and nurture the genius of our diverse linguistic cultures. To celebrate this spirit of engagement, the Raza Foundation presents Kavita Bharti – a monthly series of Indian poetry, with inaugural readings by several poets in various modern Indian languages.
Where: Raza Foundation’s Facebook page and YouTube channel