An exhibit of works that response to and collectively interprets the celebrated Indian artist, playwright and Nobel laureate, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's seminal early 20th Century feminist play, Chitrangada. The play, like the artworks exhibited in CHITRANGADA: Connecting the Polarities, explores the complex dynamics of gender relations. Chitrangada is considered to be one of the first in modern India that addresses feminism. The art for this exhibition demonstrates a combination of visual impact as well as its sense of a pseudo-narrative quality that does not so much seek to illustrate the work of the playwright, but rather to represent the subtlety of relations between the sexes - a paradoxical relationship that is at once mutually supportive while also being diametrically opposed.

The participating Indian artists, all from Goa, a district on that

  country's west central coast, include Naini Arora, Kedar Dhondu, Bijli Gosavi, Naik Manjunaath, Prashant Nageshkar, Raymond Pereira, Naik Sachin and Tanaji Shet. The ECSU students, Braden Herrick, Lauren Hopper and D'Andrea Knox, each pursuing majors that include the visual arts through philosophy, integrate their respective areas of scholarship into their collaborative endeavor. The works in this insightfully expressive exhibition range from printmaking, lithographs, drypoint and blockprint, to painting, photomontage and video. All of the works are a response to and a collective interpretation of the celebrated Indian artist, playwright and Nobel laureate, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's seminal early 20th Century feminist play, Chitrangada. The play, like the artworks exhibited in CHITRANGADA: Connecting the Polarities, explores the complex dynamics of gender relations. Chitrangada is considered to be one of the first in modern India that addresses feminism.
     
The exhibition is a collaboration with Eastern Connecticut State University, (ECSU), Visual Arts Department. It is co-curated by Neeta Omprakash, 2012-2013 art historian and critic and Fulbright Scholar at ECSU and artist; ECSU professor, Mark Gerard McKee, and project advisor Gail Gelburd, Ph. D.
 

 

   
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