Arts and Culture                                                                                                                                July 2007


Metal Sculptures from Baroda

Rajnikant Panchal
Fiber Glass 16 X 18 X 7 in

TamarindArt's exhibition, Panchaloha - Metal Sculptures from Baroda - ( May 22 to June 23) was curated by Dr. Deepak Kannal, the dean and head of the sculpture department of the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda, was a unique exhibition that brought together several generations of sculptors who have been a part of the sculpture department at different times. The eleven sculptors, some of the best-known sculptors of their generation, were showcased together for the first time in the United States. The curator attended the reception.  

Participating artists were: Aqueel Ahmed, Bhupen Barman, Girish Bhatt, Ganesh Gohain, Soumitra Gouri, Deepak Kannal, Ajay Kanwal, Rajnikant Panchal, Mahendra Pandya, Nagendra Rajbhandari, and KP Soman.  

About the artists:


Aqueel Ahmad: A talented ceramist and sculptor, Ahmad is the recipient of several awards including the National Scholarship. Ahmad has participated in over 30 exhibitions and workshops across India including the Triennial International Ceramic camp organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, solo exhibition at Nazar art gallery among others.  

Bhupen Barman: Barman has participated in several exhibitions including the Harmony show and the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. He has received a number of honors and was most recently awarded the National Academy Award from Lalit Kala Akademi for 2005 - 2006. He was also awarded the National Scholarship.   

Girish Bhatt: Bhatt has shown his work extensively in India including solo exhibitions at the Taj art gallery and the Jehangir art gallery in Mumbai. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions worldwide including the 1961 Venice Biennale in Italy and in several exhibitions organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Bhatt is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi exhibition award, a silver medal from the Indian Sculptors Association, the Bombay Arts Society Award, and others.  

Ganesh Gohain: Gohain was awarded the Junior Fellowship, by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, the French Govt. Scholarship from Ecole Superieure Des Beaux - Arts, Le Mans, France and the Harmony Excellence Award for emerging artists for the Year 2001. He is also the recipient of the Charles Wallace Fellowship at Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop, Wales, U.K., followed by Artist Residency at the Glasgow School of Art, U.K.   

Gohain has had a number of solo exhibitions at several museums and galleries such as Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, The Nehru Centre, London, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and others.  


Soumitra Gouri: Gouri has had a number of solo exhibitions at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai and has participated in several prestigious group exhibitions across India including the National Exhibitions in New Delhi, National Exhibition in Lucknow, the Vhai Exhibition in New Delhi, "Medium Matters" and "Mobile Immobile" at Sarjan Art Gallery in Baroda.  He has also participated in the "Harmony show in Mumbai in 2003 and 2005.  Gouri is the recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi award in 2003.   


Deepak Kannal: Kannal has participated in several sculpture exhibitions held all over India including the National exhibitions, "25 years of Modern Indian Art" and "Shilpayan" at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. He is the recipient of a number of awards including Charles Wallace Fellowship to work at Cambridge, United Kingdom, the A.P. Council National Biennale award for sculpture, National Lalit Kala - Honorable mention for sculpture, Gujarat Lalit Kala award for sculpture among others.  

Ajay Kanwal: Kanwal is the recipient of several awards including the National Scholarship and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society award. Kanwal has participated in several exhibitions including the National AIFACS exhibition, 11th TRENNALE International Ceramic Camp, All India Stone carving camp along with several solo and group exhibitions.  

Ranjnikant Panchal: Panchal is the recipient of a number of awards and honors including the National Award, the National scholarship, and the Bombay Art Society All India Kalidas Samaroha. He represented India at the Sao Paulo Biennale, Paris Biennale and Venice Biennale.   


Mahendra Pandya: Pandya has participated in a number of prestigious art shows throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New Delhi, the Harmony show in Mumbai, the Sao Paolo Triennial, the Venice Biennale, the Triennial of India and Paris Biennale.  Pandya was awarded the Kalidas Jayanti Samaroha award and also received a Gold Medal from the Indian Sculpture Association among others.  


Nagendra Rajbhandari: Originally from Nepal, he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1988.  Since then he has devoted himself to being a practicing artist and a teacher. He has had a solo show at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai and has participated in several group exhibitions and workshops.  

KP Soman: As an extension to his conventional art practice, Soman began to work in participatory public art projects and conceptual installations. His selected exhibitions and projects include the National Exhibition of Art, The Bharat Bhawan Biennial of Contemporary Indian art, Bombay Arts Festival, 'Freedom at 70, a protest Exposition', 'Self Portraits of Artists', VII Triennial - International Exhibition of Plastic Arts, Sculpture 95 show 'A tree in my Life', 'Major Trends in Indian Art' among many others.  

About TamarindArt



The gallery was inaugurated as a museum in April 2003, and in early 2006 became a full-time museum-gallery. Since its inception we have had several exhibitions including "Lightning" by MF Husain, "50 Years of Bal Chhabda: Paintings in New York," Akbar Padamsee's "Lines of Distinction, Strokes of Genius, Works on Paper 1959-2006" among others.



TamarindArt's vision is to curate exhibitions that reflect a healthy balance between senior established artists and younger talents working with experimental forms of conceptual installations. This combination reflects some of the most important trends in contemporary Indian art.


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