Calligraphy Exhibition at Ethos Art Gallery

Having been interested in calligraphy, I decided to visit the Ethos Art Gallery that has come up in Jayanagar, and look at the work of Poosapati Parameshwar Raju, a calligraphic artist from Hyderabad.

Calligraphy has a long association with Islam and is less often practiced in the Hindu idiom. But Parameshwar has done a fine job of it, demonstrating a skilled command over the use of his nibs and pens.

There were several works on display, mostly done in red ink, and they have been chosen from eight series, starting from mythology, with thems such as Ganesh, Shiva, Narasimha, Om and so on.

The vowels of the Devanagari script are also treated in a variety of designs and forms:

The forms later evolved into more of abstraction, as in this rendering:

The “Tree” series sees the artist influenced by the flora that surrounds him as an icon of various forms of faith, and the imagination of the trees led him to depict various birds, as well. The Benign Perch series of trees was inspired by a visit to Biligiri Rangana Hills in Karnataka.

The artist learnt the art from Professor S V Pendse, and was inducted to the art of sketching by A K Rama Varma. He is the Director of the Kalahita Art Foundation, Hyderabad.

Ethos Art Gallery is a recent gallery that has come up in South Bangalore, which has a dearth of really good spaces to display art. Ethos was set up by Nagaraj Kapini, and Pranoti Nagaraj; both of them are practising architects. Pranoti, however, has created several murals and artworks, and has been interested in art and design as well as architecture.

The gallery assesses the works of upcoming artists and if it meets their standards, displays the work of the artist for 90 days, for which there is no charge; the payment is a commission on the sale of the piece.

There is a sense of space and leisure about the gallery, which is a house that has been creatively converted by the architects. The pictures are well-hung and lighted, and what impressed me was that, rather than cloister the art in the indoors, Ethos has an open wall where even passers-by can see and appreciate the works of art. This kind of inside-outside viewability is definitely an innovation in this city.

I do hope Ethos goes on to become one of the spaces in the southern part of the city where one can go to look at good art.

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26630706, 32524545/6.

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