Mangaluru, July 25,2016: In a perfect setting for the opening of ‘Mungaru-Splash of Colours’, a painting exhibition at S Cube Art Gallery at Mannagudda was an attraction in the city. ‘Netravathi Nenapu Kallu’, a take on over exploitation of natural resources in and around river Netravathi that flows in the region. It was meaningfully conveyed by the artist, depicting a ‘Tombstone for Netravathi’.
As the title of the exhibition goes, the art work of 12 artists has portrayed different moods of monsoon on canvas. The participating artists are Harish Kodialbail, Jeevan Salian, Permude Mohan Kumar, Rajendra Kedige, Ramakrishna Nayak, Ravi M R Wagle, Reshma Shetty, Santosh Andrade, Sharath Palimar, Syed Asif Ali, Venky Palimar and Vishwas M Bhat.
While umbrella becomes an inseparable part of daily life during the season, it was a source of inspiration for a painter here. Another has given a touch of brush to his memory of a lane he came across during monsoon. A mention must be made here of the stump of a mango tree that has got a new lease of life here. The remnant of the tree has turned into a canvas for the artist to portray agrarian activities followed by monsoon.
Art Kanara, the artists’ group in association with N G Pavanje Chair in Fine Arts, Mangalore University, have organised the exhibition. The exhibition will be open till July 30, between 10.30 am and 8 pm. The inaugural session of the exhibition was followed by ‘Art Reach’ a special lecture and interactive session.
Modern art : In her address, illustrious artist late N G Pavanje’s daughter Anasuya Pavanje regretted that modern art stands different from art of yore which was indeed full of life. Anasuya cited examples of modern art works that perplexed her.
She made a mention of a painting that lacked life, but was bought by a reputed company, as told by the artist to her. She recalled, “I told that artist the company has money, no brain.”
Anasuya, who clarified that she did not want to disappoint any such young artists, wanted to know “whether they are honouring Goddess Saraswathi or defaming her”.
In the inaugural address, Mangalore University Vice-chancellor K Byrappa acknowledged the gratitude of the then Maharaja of Mysore who noticed the talent in Pavanje and sent him abroad on scholarship for further studies at Germany.
Byrappa said Pavanje chair had remained inactive for several years for some reasons, especially due to paucity of funds. The university decided to do its bit by granting funds and hence was infused a new lease of life to the chair. Previously, a programme was held in Puttur under the auspices of Pavanje chair.