of the marginalised
Su-Darshan Gallery holds
an exhibition of the work of C K Purandare.
Get to know the artist.
Purandare comes from Pune. He did
his B E Metallurgy from the College of Engineering,
Pune and then, after 12 years, M A Sociology from
the University of Pune. He has been writing on political
and social issues since student days. Readers might
remember his column in ‘Manoos’, his
series of articles on the separatist movements in
North-East India. He also wrote for the Diwali issue
of ‘Aandolan’, a magazine devoted to
alternative development and has been writing for ‘Anubhav’ of
C K Purandare
Filippovna’ by C K Purandare
has been living in Britain for the last decade.
A politically aware citizen of the third world
sees many facets of global inequity on arrival
in the first world. Purandare depicts these in
his work. The vast differential in the value
systems of these worlds, power, wars, religion,
the marginalised in both the worlds are the topics
he handles. According to him ‘art is mainly
a means of communication, not for expression
of beauty.’ He has had no formal training
in painting but his paintings have been widely
appreciated at international level. At the moment,
two exhibitions in Scotland are showing some
of his work. Last year he displayed a few paintings
in the Edinburgh International Festival. The
Open University, UK; International Development
Education Centre, Scotland use images of his
paintings regularly for their magazines.
exhibition will show paintings on Indian topics
like Nandigram, Kashmir; on international topics
like Russia, Iraq- war, on the marginalised in
the world like non-literates, street-children,
Puneities should not miss this opportunity.
C K Purandare
[‘Lokmat’ – manthan – July