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  • Writer's pictureKRISHNENDU KUNDU

K.S. Radhakrishnan Conceptualised Mani Da: A Centenary Exhibition

News Desk, News Nation 360 : The centenary exhibition of K.G. Subramanyan, curated by K.S. Radhakrishnan from the Takshila Education Society's art collection, reveals the rich tapestry of the artist's genius. Mani Da, also referred to as K. G. Subramanyan, was a renowned artist, art educator, designer, author, and philosopher of art. Takshila's outstanding collection of artworks subtly displays Mani Da's entire body of work, demonstrating the versatility of his pieces from the early 1960s to the end of his life. K.S. Radhakrishnan, the exhibition's conceptualizer, intends to provide a nuanced examination of the artist's body of work, encouraging spectators to recognise the breadth and depth of his output. K.G. Subramanyan is referred to as "Mani Da" with affection in Santiniketan. It is deeply significant that he returned to Santiniketan as a Visiting Fellow, Professor of Painting, and Professor Emeritus after having studied at Kala Bhawan and taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda. The thoughtful opening of this exhibition took place on February 15, the anniversary of the beloved Mani Da's birth. Significantly, this exhibition is taking place in Santiniketan. The Takshila Education Society received assistance from K.S. Radhakrishnan, which made this collection possible. Takshila was skillfully accumulating a substantial collection of works by both established and up-and-coming Indian artists at the time. Radhakrishnan reviewed the vast collection of KG Subramanyan's writings that Naveen Kishore of Seagull Books was holding during this time. This collection, which included works in lithographs, etchings, pen and ink, watercolours, oils, and even terracotta, demonstrated the artist's versatility across a range of media. The three distinct phases of the exhibition are executed elegantly. As soon as you walk in, the artist's most recent pieces have a vibrant quality that is reminiscent of Mani Da's final works from 2015. After that, there's a trip through time with pieces from the 1990s to the early 2000s in the next section. Here, one can see the range of media he worked in and gain insight into his artistic versatility. A treasure trove of Mani Da's works from the 1960s to the 1980s awaits visitors as they ascend to gallery three.


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