A curatorial project of Tanmay Santra, Assistant Professor in Painting, Department of Fine Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication is now an online art exhibition “Allegories and Voices: Contemporary Drawing as Thought ”. This is part of Hyderabad Literary Festival 2021 hosted by Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad starting from January 22, 2021.

Allegories and Voices: Contemporary Drawing as Thought

“Drawing is vision on paper” (Andrew Loomis)

Drawing is a medium that offers a devoted and open field for many possible interpretations. The exhibition Allegories and Voices – Contemporary Drawing as Thought features drawings by various artists from across the country. These artists have been engaged with drawing in innovative ways and this virtual exhibition attempts to compile them together to see a vibrant array of drawings in meaningful ways. The exhibition aims to contextualise different approaches, visual identities and languages through a range of drawings done in different media and materials by these artists.

Focusing on nearly 60 selected drawings by 17 Indian artists, the show highlights why drawing has endured as a method of making art, and explores the major and fundamental nature of drawing through themes such as place and space, home, memory, identity and power. The online show showcases drawings by Parthapratim Deb, Ashok Bhowmik, Prabal C. Boral, Dilip Mitra, Salil Sahani, Mahula Ghosh, Santanu Mitra, Tanmay Santra, Tapasi Nath, Sabir Ali, Sumana Som, Goutam Pal, Girish Chandra Behera, Anirban Mishra, Vivekdas, Suhaima, as well as exciting drawings by lesser-known artist Bidyut Lata Santra.

Coordinated, Curated and Presented by Tanmay Santra

Tanmay Santra

Tanmay Santra is an artist, teacher and occasional writer. He studied Painting from Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship, Kolkata and MFA in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. He has received Junior Fellowship from Govt. of India, New Delhi (2002-04), ‘Artist DinkarThopate Award’ from TST, Pune (2005) and ‘City Award for Hyderabad’ from PDAF, Mumbai (2017). He has been teaching Painting at Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad since 2007.

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Fue Artworks are below:

Salil Sahani, Pen and watercolor on paper, 30 X 22 inches

Santanu Mitra, Ink on paper, 13 X 21 cm, 2019

Tapasi Nath, Stitch and embroidery on cloth