To mark the establishment of Indo-Russian diplomatic relations, an Art Exhibition, entitled “We Have Come Far” by the Indian artist, Poet, Artist and Diplomat Mr. Abhay Kumar, organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) was inaugurated by Mr. Rajeev Lochan, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, at the RCSC on April 15, 2011.
This is the first exhibition of Mr. Abhay Kumar in India. Earlier, he has exhibited his works in Paris and St. Petersburg. The exhibition has been curated by veteran art critic Mr. Suneet Chopra, and will be on display till April 29, 2011 in the premises of the RCSC from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. except on Saturday and Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion director of the National Gallery of Modern Art Rajeev Lochan said .that Mr. Abhay Kumar’s artistic works address the realized worldly issues with a sense of introspection. Mr. Rajiv Lochan wished the artist many laurels in his artistic career.
Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, said that the art exhibition by an Indian author, poet, artist and diplomat appropriately timed to mark the momentous anniversary of Indo-Russian diplomatic relations, assumed new dimension.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Suneet Chopra said that life is a profusion of different colours, forms, shapes and stages of development, and Abhay's art, which is essentially Naive Art reflects all these stages in a spontaneous manner and then this spontaneity has its own sequences and its own approach to reality. “What I find fascinating about his work is that he goes from very individual signs to broader symbols so that one can understand the individual impact of colour and form at any particular time and get a general understanding of certain colours and forms. It is interesting how he uses a blend of dots, lines, colours, spaces and even geometric shapes to give us a rounded picture of the works he is exhibiting here”, he pointed out.
Commending on the artistic skill of Mr. Abhay Kumar simultaneously with his diplomatic duties, Mr. Navdeep Suri, Joint Secretary (Public Diplomacy), Ministry of External Affairs, profusely lauded the spirit and initiative of the dynamic author of the Art Exhibition, wishing him many more success in his endeavours.
Sharing his experience as an artist, Mr. Abhay Kumar said “We have come far” is about the journey of life itself, from a state of non-being to the state of being, then 10,000 years of civilization's journey from the River Valley days when the human society was divided into clans and tribes to Silicon Valley today when the planet has turned into a small village. “The civilization's journey of mankind has been essentially a technological journey (stone-age, Copper, Bronze, Iron and now information-age), but this journey is also a spiritual one. We have come far does not mean that we should stop here and get back to our tribal, clan days. And that is a possibility if we fight another World War”, Mr. Kumar noted. “It means we cherish our achievements and failures during the distance traveled and travel further on both, technological as well as spiritual ladders. This is possible if we think as a planet and develop planetary consciousness among ourselves, among our family and friends and among our colleagues. Whatever be our individual interests, societal interests or other interests, we should not forget that we have only one cosmic home Earth. In everyday of fire-fighting, getting along with the pace of life, making our ends meet, we may forget that our lives are inter-dependent, our lives are woven in a manner that our individual well-being depends on the well-being of others, and ultimately the well-being of the planet. And that is why I regard mother Earth as most worthy of a monument and have raised a monument in her honour” Mr. Abhay Kumar concluded.
Mr. Abhay Kumar joined the Indian Foreign Service in 2003 and studied Russian language, history and literature at the Centre of International Education, Moscow State University. He served earlier in Moscow at the Embassy of India and as Consul at the Consulate-General of India in St. Petersburg. He has many books to his credit, prominent among them are “River Valley to Silicon Valley”, “Enigmatic Love”, “Fallen Leaves of Autumn”, “10 Questions of the Soul” etc. His forthcoming book “Candling the Light” will be published next month.. He contributes regularly to The Times of India, Diplomatic Square, India Abroad, Literary St. Petersburg, and other periodicals. His art works have been exhibited in several countries, including France and Russia, and have found a place in private collections in France, Japan, the Netherlands and Russia. Mrs. Surjit Akre, President Roerichs’ Art Club, proposed a vote of thanks.