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Posted at: Jan 13, 2018, 12:55 AM; last updated: Jan 13, 2018, 12:55 AM (IST)

Artist brings out beauty of Benaras through art

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 12

Benaras has been the muse for several artists over the centuries, but on Mamta Malhotra’s canvas, this holy city takes on a unique character.

Showcasing a delicate balance between art and architecture, she views the city of temples through the kaleidoscope of Makar Sankranti, and captures the soul of Kashi in dazzling detail.

Titled Kashi ke Rang: Of Faith and Festivities, this solo exhibition — the Benaras-based artist’s first in the city — includes oil and acrylics on canvas and sculptures in wood and metal and is on display at Open Palm Court Area, India Habitat Centre.

Says the Mumbai-born artist: “The striking skyline of Benaras is enveloped in a dazzling kite-filled sky on Makar Sankranti. Just as a kite soars high in the sky but is always grounded, albeit with a thin string, Benaras is rooted to its traditions and faith. As the city moves toward urbanisation, we ponder how best to maintain our essence while embracing the future and respecting the limits of nature. ”

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