EXHIBITION "Gandhi In Raza", a solo show of seven paintings by Syed Haider Raza at Akar Prakar Art Advisory, 1st Floor, 29 Hauz Khas Village > 1st to 31st March 2017
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Entry : Free
Venue : Akar Prakar Art Advisory, 1st Floor, 29 Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi - 110016
Landmark : Opposite L'Opera
Venue Info : www.akarprakar.com | Map | Nearest Metro Station - 'Green Park(Yellow Line) - Exit Gate - Gautam Nagar'
Area : Hauz Khas
Event Description : Akar Prakar gallery presents "Gandhi In Raza", an exhibition of seven paintings by Syed Haider Raza executed as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi
It was unveiled as a set in collaboration with the Raza Foundation on February 22 at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi at 6.00 p.m. and was accompanied by the launch of an 80-page book by the same name by the chief guest, HE Alexandre Ziegler, the ambassador of France to India. The book contains essays by Nandalal Bose on Bapuji and his bent towards fine art and aesthetics, Gopal Krishna Gandhi on Mahatma Gandhi and his truth and aesthetics, and Ashok Vajpeyi on the tribute of the paintings by Raza, along with illustrations of the works.
The show also marks the 95th birth anniversary of the master-artist.
Says Reena Lath, Director, Akar Prakar: “These seven paintings were made as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, as an expression of reverence. It is like a parikrama by a painter around a great soul who always inspired him. Each canvas clearly highlights the mood and regard that the artist felt towards this great man. Raza has made many works of art in his lifetime using the ideology and words of Mahatma Gandhi; but he personally selected these seven works as tribute to the Mahatma.”
Hindi poet and a close friend of Raza, Ashok Vajpeyi writes in the book, “Raza used to visit Sewagram or Sabarmati or Rajghat whenever he came to India on his frequent sojourns to his native country from France, where he spent nearly six decades of his life. For him visiting a Gandhi place was like visiting a temple or a mosque or any holy place. Even when he was well above 85 years of age, some of us have watched him kneel down and touch the earth with his forehead in salutation to the Mahatma. He, of course, had read the Mahatma's autobiography My Experiments with Truth and would delve through the Mahatma's treatise on the great metaphysical poem 'Geeta'. His constant engagement with the spiritual and philosophical vision of Gandhiji also led him to discover and study the Mahatma's spiritual heir, Acharya Vinoba Bhave. He became particularly fond of the concept of swadharma propounded by Vinobaji. One of the few books he brought from Paris when he shifted to Delhi to spend his last five-and-a-half years was Vinobaji's book Geeta Pravachan in Hindi.”
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EXHIBITION "Gandhi In Raza", a solo show of seven paintings by Syed Haider Raza at Akar Prakar Art Advisory, 1st Floor, 29 Hauz Khas Village > 1st to 31st March 2017 Reviewed by Rohit Malik on 16:23 Rating: