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Vietnamese artists exhibition in India (May 1, 2007)

By Ravinder Singh Robin, Amritsar, Mar.29 : An exhibition of 150 paintings from Vietnam, a majority of which showcase the country's march through time, has opened here in the midst of subtle instrumental music, soft aroma of incense and shimmering tea-lights.

According to Gaurika Miglanib from Singapore says there are seven Vietnamese artists represented mostly from peasant families whose work is on display in oils on canvas, acrylic painting on silk and world renowned Rice paper art having origins in Vietnam and Laos.

The aim is to promote this relatively unknown art in the worldb.

Portraits drawn in charcoal, cubic figures, abstractions, textures and rural- scenery make for vivid pictures that forms the essence of the vibrant style in a wide palette of colors.

Against radiant background the bluntly yet sharpened color strokes bring about a mesmerizing effect to each piece.The artwork depicts village belles in traditional conical straw hats balancing collections in baskets hanging from a rod swung on their shoulders.

Interestingly, whilst all paintings are done by men the majority of them depict women hard at work or walking the dusty streets laden with wares or goods to sell. Hardly are any men depicted in any of the paintings. The concept of 'leisure' is only visible as two women walk with a bicycle through a street shaded by a bright canopy of trees or are portrayed covertly looking at the water in a moment of "stolen" relaxation.

The exhibits would also be displayed in Ludhiana and Chandigarh.


--- ANI

Reprinted from newkerala.com


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