They are known for their business acumen, strategic thinking, manoeuvring market upheavals but definitely not for their paintings or photography or even Rangoli skills! Niram - the first ever art exhibition of the Alumni of IIMB – did make a different statement. For the first time ever, 12 alumni, 2 alumni spouses and a student displayed their art to a very surprised audience.
Held on the day of Convocation, March 30, Niram added more colour to the graduation excitement. Near the amphitheatre, in the wide corridors, came up this rather amusing riot of colours. Photographs, paintings, cartoons, rangoli and ceramic art - our alumni transformed the corridors.
One of the highlights was the rangoli art by Marina George PGPPM ’12, who graduated on the day of Niram to become an alumna. The Saraswati she drew and filled in with sky blue was nothing if not divine.
We had M V Shreeram PGP ’04, Monish Mathias GMITE 11, Sridhar Parthasarathy PSGEM ’05, Himanshu Joshi EPGP ’12, Ravi Raj EGMP 1, Anuradha Chatterjee EEP ’09 and Biswaranjan Sasmal PGPPM ’13 displaying their photography. While Shreeram took us to the raw life of the wild with birds of various hues and sizes, Monish created imagery that was poetic. One of the pictures a lone bench somewhere in the woods made for a riveting picture. Sridhar’s pictures found place in the walls of many homes, and interestingly he sold his picture for whatever price the buyer was ready to pay! "I just want my pictures to find a home", he quipped. Himanshu's, who refuses to take pictures of the poor or poverty, photographs delved into the deeper meanings of life. Ravi’s pictures were poise and vibrant at the same time and so spectacular in its appearance that many a viewer mistook it for paintings! Biswaranjan told a story through every picture, while Anuradha took us along those paths that she journeyed as a solo backpacker.
Farhat Hussain EGMP 9B filled her canvases with another-worldly charm and Vasanthi Gopal Rao, wife of Gopal Rao PGP ’77, painted happiness with all her heart. Anuradha Nadkarni transformed ceramic like an alchemist and Rupa, wife of Krishna Kumar EGMP 13, made a beautiful marriage of kundan art and rangoli.
Shirupa Gupta MPWE ’11 took the extra effort to make seven new paintings in a matter of 10 days and sent them all the way from Milwaukee. Mainak Chakraborthy PGP ’10 brought smiles with his cartoons and with a friendly ease took charge and good care of Shirupa’s stall as well.