JAMSHEDPUR: ‘SHANTISWAR’, an art exhibition promoting exhibits of Mrs Surekha Nerurkar, along with Mr Manash Ranjan Jena is put on display at the Lalit Kala Academy, Ravindra Bhawan, New Delhi from the 12th-18th November, 2011.
Surekha Nerurkar has given a new dimension to the idea of Gandhigiri in the series of paintings with elements and symbols interpreting Gandhiji’s philosophy of peace and brotherhood. Approaches of this type familiarize the observant with Gandhian themes of non-violance, tolerance, solidarity, autonomy and self-affirmation at the individual and collective levels.
Mrs Nerurkar’s masterstrokes at the exhibition symbolize that peace and harmony are coherent, intensely interactive and exploratory in the present social as well as political context. The artist has consciously chosen to articulate her individual styles in accordance with her vision and temperament.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by many renowned dignitaries like Mrs Usha Pillai, Mr Vinod Bhardwaj, and many other senior artists and sculptors.
In appreciation of the soulful paintings of Mrs Nerurkar and Mr Jena, art critic Mr Vinod Bhardwaj said, “The canvasses of Manash Jena and Surekha Nerurkar, with remarkable sympathy and sensitive control over colours and forms, seem to be offering beautiful prayers for peace and harmony.”
He also believes that in this modern age, wherein Gandhian themes are not often learned as religiously as they should be Manash Jena “considers ‘Gandhigiri’ as the right activity to counter the current trend of violence and assaults.”
SHANTISWAR has received accolades from connoisseur of arts. Overwhelmed with emotion during the ceremony, Mrs Nerurkar stated that “It was after attending an art camp, organized by Tata Steel, I got motivated to take painting seriously.
Mr Jena’s guidance helped me to nourish my artistic abilities to such an extent that today, in collaboration with my guru, I could put my paintings in display in front of the entire world in such a prestigious exhibition like SHANTISWAR.”