The group show at State Art Gallery brings out the different forms of the God of Knowledge

English: "Painting of Gaṇeśa riding on hi...
English: “Painting of Gaṇeśa riding on his vehicle, the Indian rat or bandicoot. With his trunk Gaṇeśa nuzzles a ‘laddu’, his favourite sweetmeat that is responsible for his protruding belly. His ample waist is adorned by a large snake, an animal associated with his father Śiva. Gaṇeśa is dressed in a finely designed textile. An attendant appears behind with a parasol. Made on laid and water-marked European paper, dated 1816.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s that time of the year again when the streets are dotted with pandals and loud music rents the air as the city wears a festive look. Also keeping with the spirit of Ganesh Chaturthi, State Art Gallery is organising an exhibition of paintings on Ganesha by a group of artists.

A collection of paintings by 26 artists, the exhibition showcases the different facets of Ganesha. With works by artists like Chandana Khan, Bala Bhakta Raju, Maredu Ramu, Vijay Kumar, Agachary, Sumanto Chowdhury, Shamsuddin, Bharat Bhushan. Srikanth Babu, Rajendra Kumar, Anand Shastry and others, on display, the exhibition brings to fore the varied styles with which each artist has visualised and rendered the deity.

From the colourful lively images of the elephant-god, the more deep and thoughtful postures to the more abstract forms of Ganesha, the exhibition has it all. The medium ranges from mixed media to acrylic on canvas. Rajendra Kumar’s painting of Ganesha for instance resembles a mosaic of different media, with great detailing.

On the other hand Anand Shastry’s painting depicts a man taking a giant Ganesha idol on his tractor through city streets ahead of the 11-day festival. Maredu Ramu’s painting of Ganesha uses soft brush strokes to render a more traditional image of the god.

The paintings are priced from Rs. 14,500 to Rs. 65,000 depending on the size. The exhibition, which was inaugurated on September 3 by Chandana Khan, chief secretary (tourism), is on till September 8 at the State Art Gallery from 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.