A show of contemporary art of Indian artists and their Omani counterparts, entitled ‘Cognitive Realities’, was held recently at the Indian embassy in Muscat. The exhibit was conceptualized and organized by Art Select.
The event was thrown open by Hussain Jawad, chairman W. J. Towell & Co. LLC at the auditorium of Indian embassy. Works of several upcoming and talented artists from the two countries such as Arya Choudhuri, B. Rabha, Gopi Gajwani, Azizur Rehman Shah, Kanchan Chander, Gourav Bhattacharya, Manisha Gawade, Laxma Gaud, Mazarine Memon, Maya Burman, Rini Dhumal, Suhas Roy, Satadru Sovan, Saurav Bhattachrya, Thota Vaikuntham, Tushar Pradhan, Anwar Sonya and Vinod Sharma, among others were on view. Artworks of known artists like Radhika Hamlai and Mariyam Al Zadjali from Oman were also on display.
The joint exhibition had on offer a very interesting amalgamation of contrasting cultures as seen and interpreted by these creative contemporary artists representing the two country’s emerging art scene. The aim of the event was also to foster the cultural ties between India and Oman through a meaningful exchange of ideas unique to their own landscape and milieu.
The ambassador of India prior to the event Anil Wadhwa, was quoted as saying: “Indian art has gained acclaim and recognition internationally. I am proud of the fact that we are patronizing a show of this magnitude. It sure will act as a catalyst in furthering the popularity of Indian art, culture, traditions and heritage to other countries of the world. India’s art is certain to become a key element of Oman’s arts & cultural calendar.”
Careful selection of participating artists by the organizers ensured that the show included quality works done to detail, exuding artistic skills and a variety of themes that lent themselves to diverse thought processes. Different forms were showcased like abstracts, figurative expressionism, landscapes and decorative works, in a variety of sizes from the emerging talent from the Middle East and India.