“Fankaari Fossils” launched

Kolkata, June 15, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio): Birla Academy of Art and Culture came alive with canvasses and life-sized installations, as Visual Artist; Rajesh Kr Yadav came over from Rajasthan to Kolkata, in a bid to promote his art. "This is my first ever visit to Kolkata. I have on display, both, installations and paintings. As this city is known as the 'Cultural Capital of India', I wanted to give it a tribute alongside of course, giving the audience an opportunity to see my work. I have made an installation on Kavi Guru; Rabindranath Tagore ... I hope Kolkata appreciates my work!" The artiste voiced.
A BFA (Painting) from Rajasthan School of Art; Jaipur, Mr. Yadav went on to do his MA in drawing and painting from Rajasthan University. Presently, he is an art mentor in Udaipur. He is the recipient of the State Award and Best Presentation Award by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy; Jaipur, The Mohan Sharma Memorial Award, the 7th All India Art Exhibition by Avantika; New Delhi amidst others. His recent exhibits were held at the World Fine Art Gallery; New York and Nehru Centre; London. His paintings are seen adorning the walls of the Nehru Centre; London, Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Office, Chief Ministers office at Jaipur, HSBC Bank Corporate Office; Jaipur, BSNL Corporate Office; Jaipur, J&K Art Culture Academy; Jammu, Welcome Group – Rajputana Place; Sheraton, among other art connoisseurs.

                                         The opening ceremony of the Exhibition

Kolkatan’s reflected their true spirit when young–adults like Manish Sharma; MD; Natural Group alongside Sumit Bhatt; Founder-Owner; Sheejay Productions proudly presented the exhibit, titled; 'Fankaari Fossils' - A six day art affair. Theatre actor; Saira Shah Halim and Writer-Poet; Ruchhita Kazaria formed the backdrop spine of the solo exhibit. Even an eminent team from ‘Kolkata Bloggers’, led by Anirban Saha was seen at the event, taking photographs and comparing notes.  "The idea was to bring a part of Rajasthan to Bengal. Both the states are so rich in their culture, traditions and art patronage. My hometown is Rajasthan and I have dedicated myself to the cause to connecting people to their roots”, said Bhatt.

The six day extravaganza, which commences on the 9th of June’15, shall have within its folds, events like poetry reading and panel discussion on "Revival of Art" amongst other highlights revolving around promotion of art and culture. The evening was inaugurated by Wasim Kapoor; noted artiste and Mahesh Saharia; Hony Consul of Indonesia, Rajlaxmi Syam, International Pianist & many others.

                                               Rajesh Kr Yadav & Wasim Kapoor

Upon being asked about the title of the art exhibit; Mr. Mahesh Sharma replied; “Fankaari is a Hindustani term. Fankaar is a term to refer to an artist. By the name Fankaari Fossils, we meant to emphasize that art is ageless. Art in any form has been taken care of, nurtured and turned into fossils of time for the coming generation”.

                                                 Painting at the exhibitions


The painter has used various mediums to express his innermost emotions – mixed media on paper, installations on wooden ply, metal casting of bronze, clay, cloth on canvas, junk metal pieces amidst others. Many of the works are Bengal inspired pieces, which explore unconventional painting techniques such as wooden installations and infusing the flavor of Shantiniketan. It is interesting that apart from Rabindra Nath Tagore, the artist has also worked upon Bengal’s rich cultural heritage. This is the true celebration of art; crossing States, from Rajasthan to Bengal.