The Indian epics namely the Mahabharat and Ramayana have inspired many artists all over the country. Artist Samir Kundu is also another artist who has been inspired by the epic Mahabharat. A collection of his paintings was exhibited at his solo exhibition named Nepathye Mahavarat at the Academy of Fine Arts (West Gallery). The exhibition was inaugurated by eminent dramatist Rudrapasad Sengupta and art critic Mrinal Ghosh.
Speaking at the occasion, artist Samir Kundu said “The idea came to me when I was thinking about the relation between our daily lives and the great Indian epic. We have so much similarity in our lives with the epic. Hatred, jealousy, love, anger, malice- all that have been portrayed in the epic is also present in our lives. Hence I started working on the epic. I have done about hundred paintings on the epic. Out of them I have selected the best eighteen for this solo exhibition. The characters have been based in a modern context in my drawings. Acrylic and water color are my medium”. The artist also plans to compile the characters of the Ramayana and the Mahabharat like Sita and Draupadi or Ram and Arjun in his upcoming paintings. This will be done as the artist found great resemblances between these characters in the two epics.
Rudraprasad Sengupta opined that this kind of exhibition will open up new perspectives of looking at the two Indian epics. This will also allow the people to broaden their thought processes. The presentation of these characters in the modern context will enable the people to understand the thought of the artist better”.
The paintings in the exhibition are for sale also. The exhibition will continue till the 4th of August.