Sunday, October 7, 2012

Diverse modes of expression that explore social undercurrents

There is now so much more to today’s complex and dynamic India. Along with philosophy, religion and traditions, the new wave of changes in form of information technology, biotechnology, luxury items, low-cost cars, rising wealth indicators – are palpable all over.

New ideas of ‘Indian-ness’ are propelling a culture, which is cool and fresh. Simultaneously, the throbbing contemporary Indian art scene is rapidly spreading its wings, and has been rightfully drawing a great deal of attention both at home and abroad, as the socially aware and astute aesthetic comes across as a vibrant reflection of the country’s religious, socio-political, and historical developments in recent decades. The new, emerging talent from the country is in spotlight for the creativity, sensitivity and intensity of their practice that explores socio-political concerns.

Practitioners, such as Vibha Galhotra and Vivek Vilasini allow dismaying elements to act. The encoded pictures of Sachin Karne and their reference to art history show the intensiveness of the heritage from the past used and molded. Manish Pushkale and Akhilesh explore emotions by way of linear contours, whereas Chandra Bhattacharjee and George Martin P.J. let elements of Pop art intermingle with super-realism and expressionistic abstraction.  Importantly, most Indian artists enjoy a high resale value, constantly surpassing expectations over the past five years.

Though Indian art as a cohesive phenomenon has been in existence for several centuries, its impact and influence on the international horizon has been rather limited. The country’s millenarian culture has continued to indeed capture the fancy of the west, including its aesthetic, the captivating color and the mesmerizing effect - creating an awe and fascination.

During the post-Independence period, Indian artists started exploring the various new forms of expressions – inspired by both by Western modernism and their own distinctive culture. Over the last six decades, new artworks that embody socio-political critiques and trends have gradually surfaced. Their diverse modes of expression explore hidden social undercurrents within the immediate milieu.

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