What better way to celebrate Tagore’s birth anniversary than experiencing never-seen original paintings by the master? On May 7, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Delhi, will unlock 102 original paintings by Tagore, which were in its archives.
The special exhibition, however, will be virtual and a person will be able to take a tour of the paintings and read about their details through out the day.
Christened ‘Gurudev, Journey of the Maestro Through His Visual Vocabulary’, the virtual tour has been planned with great details by the gallery, under the aegis of the ministry of culture.
The gallery has a large original collection of Bengal masters from the modern age. According to the official estimate shared by the gallery, at least 45% of its collection belongs to Bengal masters led by Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Ramkinker Baij, Benode Bihari, Abanindranath and later, Jamini Roy, to name a few.
The collection that have been brought out for the virtual tour, ranges from landscape, to dancing figures, mythical or magical animals, human head studies, sketches and the famous veiled faces of mysterious women, mostly in very dark shades. Art historian and curator, R Sivakumar was roped in to add textual explanations of all the paintings.
For example, the painting that is titled, “Dancing Figure”. It is a work that Sivakumar dates back to 1928-29. Tagore used pen and ink to create it.
“It is difficult to imagine the depth of a genius like Tagore but we have tried our best to show almost every aspect of the versatile master,” said Adwaita Gadanayak, the director general of NGMA, from Delhi.
Source: Times of India