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NGMAs Nandlal treasures at Venice Biennale

first_imgDirector General of NGMA Adwaita Gadanayak is upbeat about India’s participation at the Venice Biennale. Along with the ministry of Culture, National Gallery Of Modern Art celebrates 150 years of Gandhi in the exposition of the Haripura Posters created by famed artist Nandlal Bose, belonging to the NGMA’s own collections which are indeed National Treasures .In August 2017, NGMA celebrated 70 years of Independence, by hosting an exhibition to awaken our political consciousness which included the historic Haripura Posters that awakened political consciousness at large. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNationalist spirit and fervour was the signature of Nandlal’s Haripura posters. They also reflect his acute sensitivity to the landscape and village folk around him. Each poster is a validation of vitality and liveliness for more than 70 years after they were created. “Nandalal and his associates produced around 400 posters for the Congress convention at Haripura, held in February 1938,” reflects the Director General. “These posters were all produced on handmade paper with pigments made from local earth and stones, and mounted on straw boards; none were printed or mass-produced,” he affirms. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSharing the history – “To imagine that they were executed in 1937; commissioned by Gandhi for the Indian National Congress Party meeting in 1938, at Haripura – these are benchmarks in Indian history.” Nandalal Bose looked at cultural idioms and the fabric of the common man when he created images of musicians, iron smith, tailors, even a monk creating pottery, an esraj player, a veena player, or just women doing their chores. One of the finest among these posters is the Bull Fighter. In that poster, the vigour and tenacity of the man and bull are shown through strong, gestural lines and swaths of bright, bold colours. Bull Fighter was prominently displayed at the conference grounds at Haripura. Deceptively simple in appearance and invoking flavour of folk painting the Haripura Posters are amalgamation of the decorative and the calligraphic art with a rare ingenuity as well as personal insignia. “At the Venice Biennale we will display them as independent works of art but history says they were done in order to decorate a temporary township built for the annual session of the Indian National Congress in the remote village of Haripura in early 1938,” adds Gadanayak. According to historical notes by art historian R Siva Kumar, the township was built of local materials and in harmony with the rural surroundings. The decorations were conceived, both in style and idiom, following the same aesthetics and were designed to complement the temporary structures. Sivakumar wrote in an essay that they have to be imagined in their original context as part of a broader design to be fully appreciated. The posters also evoke Gandhian ethics and creativity. Gadanayak as Commissioner of India Pavilion, is proud to be part of the Venice Biennale 2019, one of the finest expositions in the world of contemporary and avant garde art.last_img

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