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Ranikhet State of Mind – Reviews

“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

“But more, the pristine mountain air, the abundant snow views, pink September clouds, crocii bursting out of rain drenched hillsides draw the aesthete as a thirsty person to a well of water. Manju Kak’s exhibition of both old and new work, in oil and watercolour on canvas and paper have often been executed in the tranquil moments of just such a Ranikhet State of Mind. ”

“Ranikhet State of Mind”, The Citizen, April 24, 2016

“More than the quiet of the hills or the seas, however, the paintings seem to state the natural order of things, in their antiquated sort of way, for though undated, many of them seem to date back several years. Just as the paint settles down, even subdues over time, the grasses of Jahanpanah or even those with the seas beyond look summer burnt, the high rises of Delhi look fused in darkness or perhaps even the smog fuse — it is a retreat back in time where impressions transmute into memories, to endure, layer by layer, as time moves on to ingest newer ingressions. ”

Aruna Bhowmick, “A State of Mind”, The Statesman, April 28, 2016

“Manju Kak’s quest essentially remains to unravel the centrifugal force of what at that given moment grips her imagination. She returns to her palette after a long hiatus with this exhibition that is a metaphorical allusion to the ‘sanctity’ of seeking refuge. ”

“Tranquil moments in the Kumaon hills”, The Asian Age, April 29, 2016

“Heading into the hills from the urban jungle, a certain feeling of tranquillity engulfs a traveller. The cool mountain air, the sound of the forest and the breathtaking views that change with every hairpin bend inspire creativity. ”

Jaideep Deo Bhanj, “Frame By Frame”, The Hindu, April 29, 2016

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