ART EXHIBITION “Rerouted Realities” solo show by Santosh Kumar Das > 11am-7pm on 10th January to 10th February 2019

Venue : 1AQ, Qutab Minar Roundabout, Mehrauli Road
Artworks Santosh Kumar Das
Artworks by Santosh Kumar Das
Time : 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (Monday & National Holidays Closed) Add to Calendar 10/01/2019 11:00 10/02/2019 19:00 Asia/Kolkata ART EXHIBITION “Rerouted Realities” solo show by Santosh Kumar Das Event Page : 1AQ, Qutab Minar Roundabout, Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110 030 DD/MM/YYYY - Exhibition on View

Entry : Free

Venue : 1AQ, Qutab Minar Roundabout, Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110 030

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Event Description : 
Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director of Ojas Art presents “Rerouted Realities”, the first ever solo show for Santosh Kumar Das curated by Kathryn Myers 

Distinguished Mithila artist Santosh Kumar Das’ first ever solo show presented by Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director of Ojas Art and curated by Kathryn Myers begins on Thursday, January 10th 2019. The month long show “Rerouted Realities” will open with about 40 artworks, spanning two decades of the artist’s work. Hailing from Bihar, Das is a prolific artist who has exhibited  at several renowned museums overseas including Oberlin Museum USA, Ethnic Art Foundation USA, Mary C Lanius, Denver USA and Asian Heritage Foundation, New Delhi. The highlight of this first ever solo show in India which will be seen for the first time in public, is a set of two scrolls from 1999 depicting the mythological tale of Hans and Bachcharaj. The set took more than a year to execute and measures 5 feet by 10 feet and 3 feet by 6 feet. While in other works at this exhibit such as the “Gujarat Series,” the story is told through individual images that serve as chapters, here the story unfolds as an expansive panorama.

Das’ passion for the arts started since his childhood when he saw women in his family draw murals to mark festivals and special ocassions -- that is when his journey began. His artworks merge tradition with contemporary while drawing inspiration from Hindu mythology and the humdrum affairs of life. Whether inspired by the world around him or the domain of religious iconography and myth, Santosh's highly inventive versatile images reimagine and reroute conventional and fictitious realities. Opening on Thursday, January 10 the show continues till February 10, 2019.

“This exhibition is a summarization of my thoughts through the years, translated into artworks with Mithila-Madhubani style of painting. It is a celebration of sorts with Ojas Art over the collective love for traditional art and its place in the contemporary world of today”, shares Santosh Kumar Das. 

Kathryn Myers, curator of the exhibition writes, "On a path that began with this cultural and familial inheritance of traditional forms, he identified what was essential to Mithila art - its language of line - and developed his own distinctive dialect, timbre and tone. Like many individuals who leave home and return transformed, through his vision, ambition and expansive spirit, rooted in, but not bound by tradition, Santosh exemplifies how to live as an artist in the world.” 

The artworks on display at once resemble early Mithila murals and register as an elaborate visual narration and the show is a journey through the artists’ mesmerizing work of nearly two decades. 

“Ojas Art is delighted and proud to be presenting Santosh K Das’ first solo exhibition in India. A distinguished artist and revered for his work Das was felicitated by us in 2016 with the Ojas Art Award and since then we have been working on his solo show. It is a delight that the day is finally here when the audience will be able to see, cherish and celebrate his work.” Says Anubhav Nath, Director, Ojas Art.

About the Artist - 

Santosh Kumar Das is a well known Mithila Artist, born in 1962. He graduated in English from Darbhanga followed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts at M.S.U, Baroda in 1990. Post his BFA he decided to return to his village and continue working in his traditional style, using a basic nib and ink. 
He has exhibited his works at B.H.U, Devi Art Foundation, Indian Habitat Center, the Retrospective Show in San Francisco, Asia Society, New York.  His works are in Museums and Institutional Collections of Oberlin Museum USA, Ethnic Art Foundation USA, Mary C Lanius, Denver USA, Asian Heritage Foundation, New Delhi. His best-known work is on Krishna Series and the Gujarat Series which was followed by a series on Buddha and Yoga. He paints remotely in his village of Ranti and teaches the young generation and is a great inspiration to many. In 2016, he received the Ojas Art Award at the Jaipur Literature Festival. In 2017, Tara Books published his autobiographical style book, titled, Black. 

About Kathryn Myers - Kathryn Myers is an American painter whose works are inspired and informed by her engagement and research on the art and culture of India. She has developed a series of video-interviews with contemporary Indian artists, which serve as a great research tool ( Grants have included Fulbright Fellowships to India in 2002 and 2011 and Myers has been teaching painting and drawing at UConn since 1984.

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ART EXHIBITION “Rerouted Realities” solo show by Santosh Kumar Das > 11am-7pm on 10th January to 10th February 2019 ART EXHIBITION “Rerouted Realities” solo show by Santosh Kumar Das > 11am-7pm on 10th January to 10th February 2019 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Sunday, February 10, 2019 Rating: 5

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