A Solo Painting Exhibition “Dance in Art, Artistry in Dance” by Padmashri Ms. Komala Varadan, Director, “Kalaikoodam Institute of Art”, was inaugurated by the Chief of the function, Mr. Ashok Pradhan, I.A.S. (Retd.), Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), New Delhi.
The exhibition is a remarkable collection of the artist’s canvases depicting different dance forms, from traditional to more vibrant folk dances, and even European ballet. “Vibrating Movements”, “Mohini Attam”, “”Bharata Natyam”, “Bhangra”, “Indonesian Dancer”, and “Ballerina” are some fine examples. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a Dance Performance, given by the students of Kalaikoodam. The other distinguished guests, who participated in the function, were Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Major Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, Mr. Suneet Chopra, Art Critic, Ms. Surjit Akre, President, Roerichs Art Club, and Mr. Robinson, Theologian, Poet and Art Critic.
While opening the 10-day painting exhibition, Mr. Ashok Pradhan described the artistic spark of Ms. Komala Varadan, which stood her in good stead. She remains an expert equally in painting as she is in dancing, he pointed out.
Welcoming the elite gathering, Ms. Yelena Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, noted that the painting works had a reflection on the multi-dimensional personality of the distinguished artist Ms. Komala Varadan. The very title of the Painting Exhibition fully justifies her creativity and imagination in the art of dancing and painting. “Like translating from one language to another, Ms. Komala Varadan transfers her emotions felt during the dance into painting and vice-versa. Her painting stimulates her to achieve new heights in dancing. The inter-relation between dance and painting still fascinates her, and the work continues”, Ms. Yelena Shtapkina said.
Making his observation, Mr. Robinson noted that the art works of the accomplished dancer-choreographer Ms. Komala Varadan celebrated various facets of her creative energy. The zeal and passion, with which she performs on stage, is reflected in her innovative approach to painting, he added. “These dancing canvases are truly a celebration of the richness of spirit and life through which the artist wants to bring joy to the viewer”, Mr. Robinson concluded.
Mrs. Surjit Akre in her address lauded the high-profile talent of Ms. Komala Varadan and wished her further success in her painting career.
Ms. Komala Varadan is an extraordinary individual, who has simultaneously distinguished herself as a classical dancer, painter, photographer and a writer. One of the greatest exponent of Bharatnatyam, she carved her niche for her highly original and innovative choreography in dance. She has performed in major dance festivals in India and abroad. She is credited with a number of solo photo and paintings exhibitions in India and abroad. Some of her paintings were acquired by the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.