I painted on various locations of Kolkata and Mumbai, later I developed the final artworks in my studio for my Solo Exhibition in Mumbai. My gratitude to Gallery Art & Soul for sponsoring the exhibition.
Concept Note of the Show
Rajasthan - The Color Ecstasy
In 2012, I visited Rajasthan for all its glory. The cutting edge golden light dazzled me; the colors lured me; the sandy dunes with its curves and patterns entangled with my creative self; the versatile characters of the locales and the indispensable camel enthralled me; the architectural vivacity with unique color regional identity left me spellbound and its rich folk music mesmerizing me.
When I entered, I was a visitor, when I moved around; Rajasthan aroused the artist within me inviting to visit again and again.
This painting video is based on Ananta Mandal paintings exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery Mumbai, Kala Ghoda.
Mumbai's atmosphere, Aerial View of city life surrounded by the vast Arabian Sea absorb him deeply. He has finely captured Mumbai life in various moods by exploring the subjects through watercolor, Charcoal and acrylic paintings.
Ananta has sought to manifest his explorations of some of the most popular places and festivals of Mumbai like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Bandra-Worli Sea link, Gateway of India, The Taj Palace Hotel, Mumbai Railway Station, Mumbai Metro, Ganesh Visarjan, Mumbai Dabbawala, City Skyline, Mumbai Harbour, The iconic black and yellow Premier Taxies, B. E. S. T. bus on busy roads, etc.
Behind the film
When I visited ‘Gadisar Lake’ in Jaisalmer, with the backdrop of the Jaisalmer Fort ‘Sonar Kella‘ one locale was playing melodious folk music on his ‘Ravanahatha'. In the quietness of death beside the cremation ‘Chhatris’ (Umbrellas), enchanted by his echoing folk melody, I picked some of burnt wood and started scribbling on the walls the forms of camels that most appealed to me. The music lead to drawing the icons of life of Jaisalmer - the camels, the folk musician and his wife….
This is indeed very exciting for me to join the event ‘Art for a case’ organized jointly by TellusArt and Abu Dhabi Art Hub. I appreciate the fact that this event provides an international platform for artists to live, create art, meet and work with the many artists from different countries around the world. It has been an enriching experience for me and for my artwork as well. TellusArt is really doing a great job for providing such a platform where artists can share their thoughts and experience, as well as exchange cultures. This joint venture between TellusArt and Abu Dhabi Art Hub has been a wonderful experience.
Ananta Mandal present's Multifarious Impressions, 11th Solo Exhibition of Paintings
from 2 Dec - 8 Dec, 11 am - 7pm. at Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai, India.
Ananta Mandal has a natural way to handle watercolors. His huge watercolors speak of his ease at handling this otherwise difficult medium and reaffirm his long lasting affair and affinity with it.
Ananta Mandal here paint the impressions of Kolkata, majesty of historic Victoria Memorial, time endured trams in the bustling streets; Babughat jetty ferry with its serene skyline and energetic reflections of the rustler boats; watercolor architectural of Nakhoda Mosque at Burrabazar with hazy backdrop of Kolkata air in the early morning.
Kashmir is a region of widely varying people and characteristics. This place is also considered as heaven on earth due to its natural splendor. In this video you will experience how Ananta Mandal has captured in his painting the land of snow clad mountains, several exciting places such as Dal Lake and its surrounding and many more while traveling.