Meandering with colours through Mandira's works | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 18, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 18, 2011

Meandering with colours through Mandira's works


Shilpangan Contemporary Art Gallery has organised a five day solo art exhibition, featuring the works of Indian painter Mandira Bhaduri. Mehboob Chowdhury, CEO of Citycell inaugurated the exhibition on December 17. Noted painter Monirul Islam and poet Rabiul Hussain were present as special guests at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
Born in Kolkata, Mandira Bahadurio lived here till 2004. She did her MA in literature from Jadevpur University, in Kolkata, in1989. Then she taught Bangla as a second language at the American Institute of English Studies, Kolkata. She began a Bangla programme in University of Michigan and taught there 2007. Now she works in the University of Chicago. Though she loved drawing and painting she never had any formal training in art. For a long time she just carried on as a language teacher. She began drawing more and more, and was then contended to express herself through language and art.
The cover of the brochure contains a blue, grey and black and white massive swirl within a swirl of colours and forms. This is “Untitled” canvas (Acrylic on Canvas) and the forms could stand for anything--men, women, animals or even birds.
The second picture bears a delicately outlined fish and some fruit, and a massive black swirl of black ink going through the images sketched in dark red.
Next comes a collage on paper. This bears a rose on a rounded and elongated container. This is in orange and yellow. It combines with a bit of sketched paper which bears a girl's face. There are bits of torn and pasted paper which bring suggestions of a window with leaves, and other scraps of paper suggesting leaves, doors, walls etc. Next is collection of images, in black, green and dark red. The page contains a face of a woman, some fabric panted in black, and some items sketched out in balk and white.
Later on , there is the “Untitiled” Acrylic on paper (2011) ,which brings in the bars of colours. One is almost pure white.
As one progresses, there is Mixed Media, “Untitled”, of 2011, in black, dark royal blue, bottle green and a dark red zigzag strip going from top to bottom.
The last but one entry on the catalogue involves a back white creation, containing a part of a maple leaf, a fragment of writing in black on dark sepia, perhaps opened widow etc.
The last painting on the brochure has an Untitled “Mixed media” containing various pictures such as that of a loop in black, a segment a high rise multi-storied building, a tree, a leaf, some holes punched in, a part of a torn newspaper headline, many gadgets specially film wheels etc. The exhibition ends on December 21.

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