Category Archives: Poster color paintings

Chandalika

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FRIDAY, 20 MARCH 2015
Chandalika
Posting the last painting of this series by Mrs. Kanak Sinha. She graduated from Vasanta College for Women,Banaras, which is affiliated to Banaras Hindu University.Her fine arts teacher was Shri Avni Kumar Sinha, lovingly known to students as Avnida. He was from Kolkota School Of Arts.The unique thing about his classes was that all the students in his class were given just a topic and every student had to  compose a painting on their own thus no two paintings under the same roof were the same, there was no copying , all compositions by every student were original.
CHANDALIKA
This painting depicts the story of an “untouchable” woman, Prokrithi who was mistreated by villagers because of her caste.She found a new life when a Budhhist Monk named Anondo requested her to give him water to drink from her well, breaking all the barriers of caste rules and told her she was equal to all other humans. This story was written by Shri Rabindranath Tagore in 1933 to bring awareness about the futility and unfairness of caste system.It was turned into a dance drama in 1938.

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Santhali Dance

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Santhal are a tribal community ,they form the largest tribal community in India and inhabit many states of India like Jharkhand,Bihar,west Bengal. This painting depicts their folk dance  performed by women, accompanied by male musicians.

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Mother and child

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One of the most favourite paintings of Mrs.Kanak Sinha.In Hindi language ,  the word love has many different names depending upon the relationship between two people.A mother’s love for her child which is referred to as ” Vatsalya” is considered second only to love for God ” Bhakti”.

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Bangle Seller

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Continuing with Mrs. Kanak Sinha’s paintings.She grew up mostly in cities and towns yet village compositions were frequently painted by her.This painting depicts a bangle seller, selling bangles door to door.There was a time,  when they used to visit homes and roam the streets with a basket on their head.The basket had glass bangles of different colours tied separately ,they were tied size wise, colour wise in a circle with pieces of threads.People used to call them, as in, shout from their verandahs to visit..and when they came, the women and girls of the household used to go beserk.Bangle sellers had something for everyone,even the tiniest of wrists had matching sizes, that day each and every female loaded their wrists with atleast 4 dozen bangles…2 in each hand .Think of a colour and it was there, even the domestic help were asked to come and choose,they received bangles as gift. During wedding season, they were especially invited to come and adorn the wrists of bride to be with special very thin and delicate golden bangles.Now it sounds like a story.

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Village gossip

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THURSDAY, 12 MARCH 2015
Village Gossip
This painting depicts early afternoon when most of the village women finish their daily chores and sit down together to exchange some gossip. In villages everyone knows everyone, people are referred to as uncles and aunts,interference in each other’s matters is not considered violation of privacy but as help.Women help each other,the elders pass on their wisdom while the young women learn .  Children grow up playing with goats, pups, dogs and chasing chicken. Climbing trees and racing are some  of the most entertaining games. Rag dolls and wooden toys are home made, no matter how hot the days, children wait for their mothers to fall asleep while trying to make the child take a nap and then sneak outdoors to play all afternoon.

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Indian Summer

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This painting depicts lazy, hot, Indian summer. Though it was painted in an era when coolers and air conditioners were rare, even today in villages and small towns people who work outdoors rest under the shades of trees.

Farmers eat  their lunch brought from home by their wives under trees. They stretch their legs for a while before restarting their difficult  task of growing food. Achieving their goals with or without the help of modern farming tools and machines.

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