For the month of January, to begin the year 2009, with enthusiasm we bring an intriguing show: ‘Divagations: Spaces of Possibility’
, a group show of Raza Awardees of years 2006-2008, Atul Dodiya, Jayasri Chakravarti, Sheetal Gattani, Avadhesh Yadav, Vanita Gupta and S. Harsha Vardhana. And a Book-Release of English translation of a book entitled, ‘Mandalas’
, on artistic journey of S.H. Raza, written in French by Olivier Germain-Thomas.
Art Alive has collaborated with French publishers Albin Michel, Paris to bring out a translation of the book entitled ‘Mandalas’
an authoritative work, presenting the artistic journey of a well-known, senior Indian artist S. H. Raza, published in 2004. Authored by Olivier Germain-Thomas in French, a writer who has been familiar with the Indian context and is well familiar with S.H. Raza’s artistic journey; the book is now translated by M.Vardarajan in English to make the book readable globally.
S. H. Raza’s mandala’s are colourful architectural pieces with a rare sense of power and sheer invitations to meditation, and to the awakening of the secret stream of energy which is present in all beings. The combinations of geometrical shapes which figure in his canvases from the eighties onwards constitute the contemporary metamorphosis of a highly ancient Indian tradition, that of the mandalas whose symbolism spread with the advent of Buddhism in the whole Asia.
In the book, Raza’s mandalas are accompanied with text from ancient and modern India, such as Uddhava Gita, Gita – Govinda by Jayadeva, Rig Veda, Bhagvad Gita, Markandeya Purana, Kabir, Gandhi, which have sometimes been correlated to Western thoughts of Wassily Kandinsky, Lilian Silburn, Paul Klee, Charles Baudelaire to mention a few. The book provides interesting biographical details, artistic experiments and discussion on the concept of ‘Mandala’ as conceived by S.H. Raza’s life and as
interviewed by Olivier Germain-Thomas.
DIVAGATIONSSpaces of Possibility
A group show of six Raza Awardees
S. Harsha Vardhana
Art Alive Gallery
S-221, Panchsheel Park
18th January to 24th February, 2009
(11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Every year, S.H. Raza offers an award under the ‘Raza Foundation Awardees’
to promote art among young Indian artists. Art Alive brings
a consolidated exhibition of works of Raza Awardees from 2006 to 2008, namely: Atul Dodiya and Jayasri Chakravarti (2008), Avadhesh Yadav and Vanita Gupta (2007) and, S.Harsha Vardhana and Sheetal Gattani (2006).
The legendary artist, though based in Paris for the past about five decades, has always helped talented aspirants who want to devote themselves to art. Raza Foundation is an institution in itself that has been acknowledging names and providing financial help to youth in the fields of art, music, poetry etc. He thinks that budding artist should be free from economic worries and should be appreciated and then only can they rise higher and
higher. Prominent poet, Lalit Kala Akademi’s chairperson and The Raza Foundation advisor Ashok Vajpeyi, sheds light on the prerequisites to become a Raza Awardees and state how the following recipients justifies to be one:“From a vibrant art scene which is justifiably dominated by the young, it is always difficult to choose artists for the annual awards instituted by the eminent master S.H. Raza. We have been choosing those artists who have dared to carve out or search for distinctive visions and styles for themselves. In our time they offer, we believe, some spaces of possibility. They also exemplify the rich and creative plurality that marks the Indian art today.”
Raza Awardees 2008
Song of the South, Atul Dodiya
Raza Awardees 2007
Untitled, Jayashree Chakravarty
Untitled 1, Vanita Gupta
Raza Awardees 2006
Does she appear in grey…? Avadhesh Yadav
Untitled, Sheetal Gattani
Untitled, S. Harsha Vardhana