This week, a major new exhibition has been curated by Naman Ahuja in the School of Arts and Aesthetics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. "Ramkinkar in Focus, through the eyes of Devi Prasad" marks the centenary of Ramkinkar's birth. Devi Prasad- variously photographer, writer, potter, pacifist- met Ramkinkar at the Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan between 1933 and 1944. In 1978, Devi Prasad, as Visiting Professor at Santiniketan, made a critically acclaimed study of Ramkinkar's sculptures. Nearly thirty years later, this exhibition- superbly executed at the JNU- brings together as much of Ramkinkar as is possible outside the Santiniketan to which he is inexorably tied.
Delhi has some of Ramkinkar's most famous public sculptures- the Yaksha and Yakshi that guard our national wealth at the Reserve Bank of India, for example. The offering at the exhibition is modest, but surprisingly delicate. The items on display are from Devi Prasad's extensive collection of Ramkinkar's smaller sculptures, watercolours, drawings and paintings.
And of course, there are the photographs. These form the bulk of the new book that Tulika will also release this evening, Ramkinkar Vaij: Sculptures by Devi Prasad. Listed at Rs 1995, the superb production is available at a special introductory price.
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Hardcover, ISBN: 978-81-89487-29-4, Rs 1500.