Ranikhet State of Mind
Exhibition of Paintings by Manju Kak
Inaugural Introduction by Veer Munshi
– Thursday, 22 April 2016 at 6pm
At The Art Gallery, IIC Annexe, Lodi Estate, New Delhi
The Exhibition is curated by Renu Rana
On view: April 23rd to April 29th, 2016; 11am to 7pm
Organized by India International Centre, New Delhi
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Manju Kak returns to her palette after a long hiatus with this exhibition of oils, water colours and prints, titled `Ranikhet State of Mind’ a metaphorical allusion to the `sanctity’ of seeking refuge. Be it word or image, research or a curatorial theme the quest essentially remains the same—an intense desire to unravel the centrifugal force of what at that given moment grips her imagination. Through this burrowing and journeying some unique nugget of life is examined intensely. As a painter, her work was first shown at Alvin Gallery & Wattis Fine Art, Hong Kong (1989) then at the Graffitti Gallery, Hong Kong (1990). Later she exhibited in Group Shows and at the India International Centre, New Delhi. A few of her art works are in Private and Public Collections in India and Hong Kong.
Her published short fiction includes First Light in Colonelpura, Requiem for an Unsung Revolutionary, and Just One Life and Other Stories. A socio-cultural and craft history of the state of Uttarakhand where Ranikhet lies: In the Shadow of Nanda Devi is forthcoming. Also her abiding interest in the mountains led her to make the film `They who Walked Mountains’ and the edit the book `Nicholas Roerich—a Quest & Legacy’. She has a Ph.D in the History of Art from the National Museum, New Delhi.
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“While engaged in restoring his house, Mr. First Owner’s spirit took me by the hand, to lead me into deep forests, up pugdandies, urging me to discover for myself a Kumaon that he had once known…”
Manju Kak, “Where the Fairies Knock”, NOLS India, November 5, 2012
“Ranikhet State of Mind, an exhibition of paintings by Manju Kak looks at how the timeless landscape of the Kumaon hills, in particular the Ranikhet Cantonment, that in the colonial era answered the British soldiers’ need to escape the plains during severe Indian summers, continues to serve as more than a refuge today.”
“Pick of the Week: A View of the Hills”, HT Syndication, April 23, 2016