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Sirjana-2022: Kathmandu hosts a collective art show featuring paintings and more

Artworks on display at Sirjana-2022, in May 2022. Photo: Sangita Shrestha
Artworks on display at Sirjana-2022, in May 2022. Photo: Sangita Shrestha

There is this rhythm in the paintings on display in the group art exhibition titled, Sirjana-2022: A Collective Art Show.

Sirjana-2020 began on Sunday at Nepal Art Council, Babermahal and is the annual show from the master’s of Sirjana College of Fine Arts.

A range with rhythm

In the exhibition, most of the rhythmic paintings are created in the abstract form where their composition and the colour combination have enhanced their fluidity, sending out pleasant vibes to the viewers. Veteran artist Shashi Shah’s two paintings—Colourful Horses and Black Horses— featured in the exhibition showcase horses on movement. There is this sense of rhythm on those running horses.

Colourful Horses by Shahi Shah in the exhibition

Likewise, artist Navindra Man Rajbhandari has created a set of four abstract paintings titled Tamasoma Jyotirgmaya using bold and vibrant colours like red, yellow, black, white and more. His curvy, straight or curly lines also have similar essence as if the lines are dancing to some happy music.

Tamasoma Jyotirgmaya by Navindra Man Rajbhandari

Then, artist Sunil Ranjit using the religious motif of Mahakaali has depicted the mask dance in the abstract form where he has beautifully played with the luminosity in his composition. Not only religious motifs, but he has also represented the social life of rural Kathmandu, where few Newa men and women are busy with rice planting and playing musical instruments in another set of paintings.  

Newa social life in Sunil Ranjit’s paintings.

Installation art too

Moreover, the first floor of the gallery for Sirjana-2020 is garnered with not only the paintings but installations and sculptors as well.

As you enter the gallery, a larger than life-size dragonfly by veteran artist Sharada Man Shrestha welcomes you warmly. This sculpture is made of scrap and waste materials. Other sculptors whose artworks are on display are Gopal Kalapremi Shrestha, Chandra Shyam Dangol and Prakash Ratna Shakya.

Ceramics 2021 Raku ware by Gopal Kalapremi Shrestha

Then, Sirjana-2020 also features paintings from veteran artists such as Krishna Manandhar, Batsa Gopal Vaidya, Sharda Ranjit, Madan Chitra, Radheshyam Mulmi, Lok Chitrakar, Shyam Lal Shrestha, and Devina Malla among others.

Moreover, one gets to witness artworks from different generations of artists along with modern and traditional artworks. This year, 24 artists’ artworks have been showcased in the exhibition.

Other highlights of Sirjana-2020 are musical programmes, folk dances and portrait workshops. The musical and folk dance programme was held on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. The portrait workshop will begin at 12:30 pm on Thursday and anyone interested can visit the exhibition to participate in it.

The exhibition continues till May 27.

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Shrestha is a senior sub-editor at Onlinekhabar. Contact her at [email protected]

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