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Art lovers experiencing the showWomen and their immense strength form the crux of her expressions. As the brush caresses the canvas, the fragile yet robust nature of woman as a mother, breadwinner of a guiding force emerges. The artist is none but, Chandana Khan, Secretary, Youth Advancement, in the Department of Tourism and Culture, who presented her collection of paintings at the Ramada Manohar Hotel in Begumpet recently. The exhibition organised by the Hyderabad Art Society was inaugurated by veteran artist K. Rajaiah.

Works etched out by Chandana KhanChandana has been formally trained by renowned art masters in Calcutta for seven years. All the oil paintings that were on display depicted women as its basic theme. Chandana's main focus seemed to be women defying, or accepting, their mythical and traditional roles. Although there are women in prehistoric art, farmers, mothers, and so on. But the artist has stuck to the traditional mode of figurative depictions. "Men without women are nothing", the Tourism Secretary with a penchant for the palette, Chandana Khan, insists. Subjects like the fierce Kali vanquishing Mahishasura, a group of women working in the fields under the scorching sun, women nurturing their children with all the love, women dancing on a moon-lit night while their menfolk play various musical instruments were seen in her works. No wonder, there were women everywhere, all powerful, in her paintings.

Depicting women in all her worksThere were 20 exclusive paintings etched out by Chandana Khan during the last few years. "These are all drawn from my own experience, meeting women from different strata of society. But, it is their inner strength and resilience against the odds that binds them together," she explains. "A painting neither should be abstract nor photographic. It should tell a story and more importantly should be understood by all," she opines.

An exclusive untitled painting in the exhibitionThe bureaucrat-painter affirms that a permanent State owned art gallery is a must for the city. "Paris is renowned for its art galleries and museums. Likewise, several other European countries. At a time when painting as an art is slowly emerging in Hyderabad, we can use it extensively to promote tourism," she feels. Also on the agenda is an artistes village in the city. "In the conceptual stage, the village away from the humdrum of the city will be a place of its own," she explains. "A series of painting exhibitions all over the State will also help raise money for many a worthy cause," she added.
-Krishna Chaitanya Karanam
Photographs by: Srinivas Setty
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