The Milkman miniature
Hands converting couplets
The powerloom factories might have been the only available option
for the Malegaonians, the deprived people of the Muslim dominated
A group of 30 contemporary Indian artists are set to exhibit their
works in Italy as part of an initiative to strengthen mutual
relationships among artists between the two countries.
Italian art connoisseur Roberto Callegari, the exhibition featuring
176 works curated by Ravindra Varma would be showcased in Padova
near Venice between September 3 and September 30 this year.
The Italian town in situated adjacent to the renowned city of Venice
and is known for its educational Institutions and cultural
"Most of the participants are teachers from various
universities and colleges of art across India.
A few of them are retired school teachers and a few are upcoming
artists," Varma told PTI adding that participating artists were
between 31 years to 88 years.
Most of the works - both paintings and
sculptures- scheduled to be displayed are abstracts with a few
lithographs and graphic arts also included.
"All the works have an Indian ethos in them. The styles of course
may vary," says the curator.
Varma who holds a diploma in Italian from Jawaharlal Nehru
University had met Callegari an art collector during his stay in
Italy for two years.
"It was originally Callegari's idea to hold an
We are also looking at bringing a group of Italian artists to India
early next year," says Varma.
Callegari says his passion for
contemporary art induced him to establish a cultural association
along with artists of Padova and started organising cultural events
and collective art exhibitions.
"Working hand in with artists, I realised the importance of
relations between the artist and public and between the artists
themselves. These events help exchange knowledge and give wider
perspective to understand life," says Callegari.
"I consider India a country which has contributed greatly to my
growth ever since my first visit to India in 1995. Organising this
exhibition is a grand occasion to discover the Indian conscience and
its culture through art.
Exchange of thoughts will create better understanding between the
two countries," adds the Italian art collector.