Calendar 2010 – Arangham

Niladri recently unveiled his 2nd Limited Edition Art Calendar ARANGHAM 2010 at a very well attended event at the IHC, New Delhi. In a phenomenal endeavour to reinterpret the genre of calendars ,as we all know, Niladri has hereby given us a positively vibrant reason to face each day with more cheer and positivity. Each of the 12 stunning paintings on performing arts try to catch the rhythm and melody of dance and music through sparkling pigments, thereby making all those ephemeral moments immortal for us. The moments when nothing else exists.

The launch of this rare collectible Art Calendar was followed aptly by a Bansuri Recital and a Jugalbandi by the Prasanna Brothers and Parvez Hussain.

All these paintings of Niladri are part of his extensive work on the Ancient Indian Treatise called The NATYA SHASTRA. It was the origin of all Indian classical performing art forms. Written by Sage Bharat Muni, it is considered to be the 5th Veda and serves as a definitive guide to all arts in our culture. His paintings are an enduring fascination with the all encompassing melody of music and the rhythm of dance. His unique rendering of vibrant, pulsating images, enchanting pigments, luminescent forms and bold brush strokes make all his paintings rise above mere craftsmanship to a positive rhythmic force with a deeply meditative aura. He uses his forceful skill to express an ethereal ideal and not simply to create beautiful people, hence, the unmistakable air of godliness and purity evinced by all his figures in blissful environs.

Accordingly, our classical dances consist of three elements:
NRITTA: is the rhythmic element
NATYA: is the dramatic element
NRITYA: is the combination of both the rhythm and the expression.
And the NATYA consists of 4 kinds of ABHINAYA :
ANGIKAM – that which is expressed through various body parts.
VAACHIKAM – that which is expressed through various expressions of speech.
AHARYAM – that which is expressed through external elements like costumes, make-up etc.
SAATVIKAM – that which is expressed through internal emotions and subtle movements of eyes, lips etc.

Hence, THE RAVE NILADRI ART CALENDAR has been named ARANGHAM. The titles of his paintings are:

January : Bandish July : Urvashi
February : Geetham August : Abhinaya
March : Kaishiki September : Nrittam
April : Yakshagna October : Anubhava
May : Krishna November : Nrittam
June : Yakshagna December : Aharyam