"Chai, chai, arro chai" an exhibition of drawings and sculptures by Kiran Dixit Thaker at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 22nd to 26th September 2015

Time : 11:00 am - 8:00 pm  Add to Calendar 22/09/2015 11:00 26/09/2015 20:00 Asia/Kolkata "Chai, chai, arro chai" an exhibition of drawings and sculptures by Kiran Dixit Thaker Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2015/09/chai-chai-arro-chai-exhibition-of.html Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 DD/MM/YYYY - Exhibition on View

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Venue : Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
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Event Description : "Chai, chai, arro chai" an exhibition of drawings and sculptures by Kiran Dixit Thaker capturing the essence of life.


The exhibition has around 35 life-size sculptures and an equal number of charcoal and watercolour drawings on life studies.

Replete with canines in ecstasy, girls swaying their hips through hula-hoop sessions, protest marches in bronze, fiberglass and mild steel, Kiran’s work brims with an analytical understanding of both eastern and western life forms. The artist says most of her sculptures are about everyday activities in Santiniketan, where she lives now. Santiniketan was also where she completed her diploma in fine arts in 1969, before she moved to England and worked & lived for 30 years.

“My work is mostly figurative; all kinds of shapes and forms inspire me. Santiniketan and its beautiful surroundings have been the starting point for most of my creative activities. I am trying to catch the essence of the subject without too many frills. Simplicity of form is what I aim to achieve, and unlike the French Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne, I want to tread the path I have discovered,” says Thacker.

At the heart of this show are two huge works, Protest March and Jal
​​​​er khala ​(playing with water) which are representations of different moods in us. The title for this show has been evoked from internal experiences. “I’m forever protesting against things and I’m with people who do the same. In a very chai, chai, arro chai-like existence, I’m always questioning everything about us; questioning before accepting. It has become a way of life,” says Thaker.

This 69-year-old artist came back to Santiniketan in 2000 to re-start her career after three decades in London in the aftermath of her daughter’s death. She realised the only way out of her grief was to start work, to sculpt, paint and draw with all sincerity and passion. “This passion is my life’s sustaining force.” Thacker, who has a diploma in figurative sculpture from the Frink School of Sculpture, considers Ramkinkar Baij and Binod Behari Mukherjee as her inspiration as these individuals “could keep the fire of passion for art burning in their hearts, in spite of all the problems life dished out”.

Thacker’s works have been exhibited at many shows in London such as the Royal Academy summer show in 2006, annual exhibition at the Heatherly School of Fine Arts and Litchfield Cathedral Chapter House in 2004. She had a solo show at the Visual Art Gallery in 2010, another solo show at the IIC in 2008 and her works have been showcased at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. 

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"Chai, chai, arro chai" an exhibition of drawings and sculptures by Kiran Dixit Thaker at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 22nd to 26th September 2015 "Chai, chai, arro chai" an exhibition of drawings and sculptures by Kiran Dixit Thaker at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 22nd to 26th September 2015 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Saturday, September 26, 2015 Rating: 5

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