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His tribute to Jaipur

DNJAI14406 | 3/20/2010 | Author : Richa Shukla | WC :290

On Friday, renowned painter Khetanchi unveiled his latest exhibition, Dharohar, which captures the city in its grandest avatar...

At some point or the other in his career, in his own style, almost every artist gives a tribute to one or all aspects of Jaipur’s beauty. On Friday, Khetanchi, the master painter of Rajasthani culture and traditions, unveiled his latest show, Dharohar, which was inaugurated by senior artist Arjun Prajapati at Jawahar Kala Kendra.
The show takes art connoisseurs on trip to the most majestic places in the city—Nahar Garh  fort,  Jaigarh fort, Jantar Mantar, Amber fort, and Hawa Mahal.
The show is rare because each piece gives the illusion of being a photograph, but is amazingly painted by the man himself.
And art lovers in the city have lapped it all up. All his paintings displayed in Dharohar were sold out even before the exhibition opened for public viewing. “I just sent the brochures out, and all my paintings, except my self portrait which is not for sale, have been sold,” shared Khetanchi.
The self portrait on display is a wonderful piece in itself. It seems as though the artist, after painting himself, decided to cut it up in the form of a puzzle, and then randomly joined all the pieces together. “Life is a puzzle in itself, that is why I made my portrait in this manner,” explains the painter.
His fascinating depiction of the exteriors of all these historical places in Jaipur, has the city oohing and aahing. “I find a rare artist in him, especially in his popular figurative style. In the exhibition, it seems like each stone of the historical monuments has come alive,” said Sangeeta Juneja, overwhelmingly.
The show, with 29 paintings celebrating Jaipur’s architecture and historical beauty will be on at the Surekh art gallery till March 23.
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