Kashmir Doused In Colour

Kashmir Doused In Colour

15 October 2012
Deccan Herald


New Delhi: Kasheer-Kashmir- the Other Pastorals by two very famous artists Kishori Kaul and late DN Walli reflects the relationship between ‘Kasheer’ and ‘Kashmir’, the territory of desires and dispute. Displaying the water colour paintings of late DN Walli, the exhibition portrays the journey of an artist who sought to capture the charm of his village in Kashmir, the tints of the chinar, the purity of snow-capped mountains and the simplicity of the rural pathway. Walli’s love for natural beauty, mountains and lakes has been truly depicted through his superb grasp over the watercolours. Experimenting with the colours and effects of lights, the paintings release nature’s energy and especially answer the question as to why Kashmir was once called Paradise on Earth. Talking to Metrolife, Dr TK Walli, son of the prominent painter says, “As much as I know about my father his paintings reflect a balance of light and shades, harmony of colours and his perspective. He added more beauty to what he used to see and draw. He had an excellent command over brush and stroke. In his paintings he has not used white to paint the snow-capped mountains; it is the white of the page on which the scene is created.” The other renowned artist who shared the space with Walli’s paintings was Kishori Kaul, who spent her childhood in Srinagar. Having trained under eminent artist SN Bhat with a degree in fine arts from MS University, Baroda, Kaul’s oils reflects beauty of the Dal Lake, sunset at Nagin Lake, blooming flowers and lotus ponds. Her subjects include men, women, still life as well as landscapes. After her last exhibition in 2005, Kishori has given seven years to studying the flowers minutely. “The intense contrast between reds and greens, is an attempt to express the onset of Spring,” says Kishori, who has made her canvases larger this time for detailing flowers. Appreciating Kishori’s work, painter PM Kachroo says, “Kishori’s painting depict innocence, creativity and excavation of nature. The exhibition is open till November 14 at Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, Mandi House.