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Van Katha: Bhajju Shyam

1-20 August, 2022

Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, First Floor, 12/3A, Hungerford Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Aakriti Art Gallery presents a solo show, Van Katha, of prolific Gond artist and Padma Shri recipient, Bhajju Shyam.

Shyam initially worked as a watchman before becoming an apprentice to his uncle, the artist Jangarh Singh Shyam. The budding painter nurtured his artistic talents by filling in the figures and patterns on his uncle’s canvases until he was ready to create his own works.

In this exhibition, curated by senior art critic and curator Uma Nair, 30 artworks are on display, including 20 paintings on canvas and 10 works on paper, each uniquely expressive of Bhajju’s mind and imagination, and encapsulating the history and contemporary times of the region.

These works have been created exclusively for this show at Aakriti Art Gallery in Kolkata.