Renowned Artists Manu Parekh and Madhvi Parekh in Conversation with well known art critic and curator Kishore Singh on 14th Oct 2017 at 6.30 pm at the Galleries of Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Punjab Kala BHawan, Sector 16B, Chandigarh

Chandigarh,13.10.17-On the penultimate day of the ongoing major exhibition-  India Modern: Narratives from 20th century Indian Art, at Punjab Lalit kala Akademi, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi in collaboration with DAG, Modern, is organising  three important events:

1. Conversation with well known Artists Manu and Madhvi Parekh:

New Delhi recently hosted the retrospectives of two very important artists, the couple Manu and Madhvi Parekh, practicing in vastly different contexts and styles. The artists will be present on this occasion to share their journey with well known art critic, and curator of this show Kishore Singh from 4.30 to 6.00 pm.

2. An Art Appreciation Workshop specifically for media persons covering Art will be held from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm by Kishore Singh, Yamini Telkar and another colleague of theirs.

Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi feels it is its responsibility to facilitate some kind of awareness and education for journalists covering art, especially visual art, in order to expect them to have an informed opinion of the arts. DAG Modern, one of the leading Art galleries of India with an in-house team of specialists in various disciplines of visual arts has  brought their experts to impart education to our friends in the media.

3. Art Appreciation Workshop for persons belonging to the corporate world and bureaucrats. 

Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi also feels the need to  facilitate some kind of awareness and education for persons who have the potential to acquire art and those in the bureaucracy who could be in a position to decide how art should be preserved, promoted and disseminated. Administrators could play a much bigger role if they are aware about the finer nuances of visual art and are sensitized towards its role in a larger context towards the welfare of the society.  This workshop is a step in this direction in order to expect them to have an informed opinion of the arts.

All the three events are being held in a space surrounded with 57 precious original art works by 41 most significant artists of Indian Modern Art.

The participants would be able to find ready reference to the artworks along with books on art, displayed in the gallery as a part of the appreciation workshop.

The exhibition will come to and on 15th Oct 2017 at 7.00 pm after one month of unprecedented response from the art lovers of Punjab, Himachal, Haryana and Chandigarh. Hundreds of students, teachers, artists and art lovers thronged the PLKA Art gallery during the past about four weeks to satiate their thirst of rare original arts works brought to the region for the first time by DAG Modern and PLKA.

About the Artists

Manu Parekh

Born in 1939 in Gujarat, Manu Parekh completed a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1962. Parekh’s early work explored the relationships between man and nature, as according to him, this was an energetic link that had to be celebrated. The artist also points out that, since then, contradictions have formed the basis of his artistic practice, no matter the subject or genre of his works.

Polemics have always intrigued Manu Parekh – the energy of the organic form and the inherent sexuality within these forms are intangible elements in his works. His paintings provoke viewers to take notice of the world around them through the emotion, pain and anguish expressed in the subjects of his paintings. His colors and forms exude a volatile energy that can barely be contained within the confines of his canvas, and become an extension of the artist's personality.

Vivid colours and prominent lines are an integral part of Parekh’s work and each exudes the energy that he attempts to capture. Parekh admits to being very strongly influenced by his surroundings. His stay in the city of Calcutta, for instance, drew him towards Santiniketan and the old masters of Indian art, Ram Kinkar Baij and Rabindranath Tagore. His appreciation of their work, more at a perceptual level than stylistic one, urged him to delve deeper into the thoughts that inform his own ouevre.

Banaras as a city came to play an integral role in Parekh’s work after his first visit there following his father’s death. This holy city of hope, of faith, of tourists offered him a vast number of contradictions in one location. Parekh also highlights his relationship with his wife Madhvi, who is a self taught artist, and his admiration for Picasso as key influences on his works.

Parekh held his first solo exhibition of graphics and paintings in Ahmedabad in 1968, and has not looked back since. His most recent solo shows have included ‘Banaras – Eternity Watches Time’ presented by Saffronart and Berkeley Square Gallery, London, at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; 'Banaras' at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2004; 'Portraits of Flower and Landscapes of River' at Jehangir Art Gallery and Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2003; 'Ritual Oblations' at Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, and Sakshi Gallery and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1999; and 'Small Drawings' at Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1991. Parekh has also had solo shows at BosePacia Modern in New York and at ARKS Gallery in London.

Parekh was awarded the President of India's Silver Plaque and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi, in 1972; the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 1982; and the Padma Shree from the Government of India in 1992.

A major retrospective of his work was held at National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi in Sept-Oct 2017.

Manu Parekh has been conferred with  Honorary Doctorate from Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata in 2013

The artist lives and works in New Delhi.


Madhvi Parekh

Madhvi Parekh, who works and lives in New Delhi, was born in 1942 in Sanjay, a village in Gujarat. A self-taught artist, Madhvi started painting in 1964, inspired by the rich folk traditions of picture making in Gujarat. Over the years she grew out of the constraints of the folk conventions, yet sticking to the traditional flat surface and the pictorial significance of the decorative elements. Her use of oil and acrylic on canvas and watercolour on paper, a decisive shift from the traditional materials and surface of the folk painters, stimulated and broadened her artistic imagination, and the initial naive charm of her paintings matured and became loaded with her statements on women, girl child, and encounters between the rural and urban India.

Since 1964, Madhvi has participated in many solo and important group shows, notably "Watercolour by Four Women Artists', Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1987), Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay (1987), 'Contemporary Art: Sahmat', presented at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1990). The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, sponsored a documentary film on Madhvi and her artist husband Manu Parekh in 1992.

Between 1972 and 1993, Madhvi Parekh had eight solo shows, including AI-Khaleej a in Kuwait (1985), and 13 group shows in India and abroad ('Play' in Turkey and Yugoslavia, 1985) and participated in 12 artists' camps and workshops, and auctions held by Sotheby's (1989, Bombay), 'Sahmat' (1989, New Delhi), Asprey (1 990, Help age India, Bombay).

A major show of  her works was opened at DAG Modern on 20th Sept 2017.

Artist lives and works in Delhi.