Two-day Ganjifa art exhibition begins

At present Ganjifa art form remains as isolated, age-old practice in the homes of a few artists, barring a small number of museums that display these art works on frames.With a view to promote the art, a two-day exhibition on Ganjifa and Mysore style paintings has been organised in association with the Mysore Art Gallery and will be on display till 7 pm on July 17.Nearly 50 Ganjifa, a miniature painting work got appreciation for the wondrous images on the art frames. Some of the more popular subjects depicted in the Mysore style include deities drawn from the Hindu pantheon and themes culled out from various mythologies. Portraits of Ganesha, Krishna, Lakshmi characterised by benevolent faces that depict devotion or the bhakti bhava are also exhibited.

The artist, Girija, has a mastery over colours and that has made her a unique artist. She has preserved the nuances of the original style while developing her unique style by innovation and presentation. Her paintings have been exhibited in the national and international platforms, including at New Delhi, Singapore, New York and Mysuru.In addition to her unique skill in Mysore Traditional Art, Girija is well versed in several other styles of painting and arts. She has also mastered the Tanjore traditional painting style with her own efforts.The exhibition is being held at the premises of the Mysore Art Gallery and will be open to public from 11 am to 7 pm.

Deputy Director (retired) Department of  Archaeology, Heritage and Museums Dr G V Gayathri inaugurated the programme while, Karnataka Muktha Sahithya Academy Trust President S Ram Prasad, senior artist L Shivalingappa, Jamunarani, Rajashekara Kadamba and others were present.

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