Birendra Pani - Boy Dancer - 66 x 42 inches (unframed size)
Acrylic on Canvas
In this series of works - “Boy - Dancer”, Gallery Kolkata revisits the artists very popular and well lauded ‘Boy Dancer’ suite of paintings on the plight of traditional Gopitua dancers from his native land, Odisha.
The boy dancers who perform a devotional dance ritual are quickly declining in today’s cosmopolitan world. Pani entwines his empathy for the dying art with an opinion on our post-Modern era. In that respect, Pani does not try to create nostalgia for the decline in the taste for the dancers, instead he problematizes the issue by bringing in a dispassionate view of the issue.
The ten canvases on display in this exhibition, features the Gopitua dancers in different situations.
The canvases are a hyper-real portrait, far & close shots of a Gopitua dancers with liquid innocent eyes and a small smile playing upon his lips as he confronts the viewer. The blade is a recurring motif in Pani’s work and it has multiple functions and meanings. In this instance its meaning is rather clear — one where modernity eclipses tradition.
Style : His fresh, perspective and contemporary canvases have loud and vivid images and use colors like green and shocking pink unashamedly. Pani says his works are preoccupied with exploring contemporary materials, culture and current lives of people, the negligence of local places, their culture, history, memory and their identity in present times.
Further he feels the consumerist attitude has penetrated deep into the human psyche. Human beings are being consumed by the commodity rather than them consuming it. In his works, Pani explore the struggles, contradictions, dichotomies and critical reflections of the embodied selves with changes in value, knowledge and culture in our present society.
“I have extensively used body parts like brain, heart and other organs, and everyday objects like capsule, syringe, blade etc to create a new visual language. Deriving from life experiences, my idea is to create a new vision by the juxtaposition of the above experience with the rich legacy, diverse visual culture and sensibility of the vast tradition of Odisha’s miniatures and Pata paintings, stone carvings, monumental visuals of temples and dance forms like Gopitua dance and Chhau-dance in Odisha.”
Pani, thus attempts to create a new phenomenology and the reinvention of ‘self’ in a globalized and yet very localized world.
About the Artist and his work :
BORN : 1969, Bhadrak, Odisha, India.
FINE ARTS EDUCATION :
1997-1999 MFA – (First class with Distinction) Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda.
1991-1997 BFA - Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal.
1987-1990 2nd world “Studio for Fine Arts”, Bhadrak, Odisha.
SOLO EXHIBITION IN INDIA AND ABROAD :
2017 Towards a new Viewership / Audience & Reproduction Aesthetics, Curated by Dr. Rajashree Biswal, organized by New Bridge India and North Odisha University, Baripada, Odisha.
2016 “Mahanadi”- A Journey through History, Memory and Culture curated by Maurice O Riordan of Australia at Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi.
2015 Re-Vision / Relationship- a visual literary engagement of Birendra Pani and poet Jayanta Mahapatra, curated by Dr. Rajashree Biswal, and organized by New Bridge India, Forum on Contemporary Theory, Vadodara, Sarat Chandra Library, Baripada and Revenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha at Revenshaw University, Cuttack.
2012 “Soft- Subversion” at Red Earth Art Gallery, Baroda.
2011 “Re – Vision” at Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata.
2010 “Re – Vision” at Gallery Sumukha, Bengalore.
2009 “Re – Vision” at Gallery Espace New Delhi and R.L.Fine arts, New York.
2007 “Boy Dancer’’-The convergence and continuum, at Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
2007 “Boy Dancer’’-The convergence and continuum, at Faculty Gallery, M.S.U., Vadodara.
2006 “Risk’’-The Double Edge of Society, at Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
2005 “Echo” at Kaleidoscope Art Gallery, Baroda.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS IN INDIA AND ABROAD :
2020 Exhibition of Contemporary Art, at Vadodara Design Academy, Vadodara.
2019 VIDEO ART FILM FESTIVAL, Curated by Dr Rajashree Biswal at Khalikot Art Collage, Org by New Bridge India, Odisha.
2018 “Bodhgaya biennale in Bihar’’ Bihar-2018
2018 “INDIAN CONTEMPORARAY” at Jorhat, org by Vision Art Asom, Assam.
2018 “One soul many lives” at Bikaner House, org by Art Speaks India, New Delhi.
2018 Imagine Fest-Curated by Georgina Maddox, org by Gallery Sangeet Syamal, New Delhi.
2018 “Contemporary Art in Indian” Show and Ac-at Saffron Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2017 “GANDHI through the eye of Artists” at Bihar Museum, Patna, Bihar.
2017 Transforming Reality at Art Positive Gallery, New Delhi, curated by Vikash Nanda Kumar.
2017 FOURKING PATHES.Faculty gallery, MSU, Baroda.
2016 ITM-ART SHOW. gallery MSU. Baroda
2016 Poetics of Plurality - Santiniketan contemporary at SITE Art Space, Vadodara.
2016 HCG annual show, Swasti Art Gallery Bangalore.
2016 India and Korea Art Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi.
2016 Harvest-2016 Annual Show, Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2015 “VAD-ART FEST-2015” Organized by faculty of fine arts MSU-Baroda.
2014 “Drawing-2014” Group show at IGNCA, Organized by gallery Espace, New Delhi.
“Convergence-2014” org by VAM Art at Lalita Kala Akademi Gallery, Trivandrum, Kerala.
2013 “BIOGRAPHY”Group show at creativity art Gallery, New Delhi.
“Nanum Project-Indo-Korean Art show at Korean cultural centre, New Delhi.
2012 “MENDING FENCES” curated by Rahul Bhattacharya and karishma Shah at Science Centre, Surat.
“Small is Big” curated by Anoop Kamath, Durbar Hall, Kochi, Kerala.
2011 “Indian’s Festival for Modern and Contemporary 1st Chennai-Art-fair” gallery Espace at Chennai.
“Angkor wat : an Indian perspective”, the Gallery Kalakriti, Hyderabad.
2009 “Husain’s 94th Birthday”org by Sahamat at M.F. Husain Gallery, Jamia Millia, New Delhi.
“Nature vs. Modernity” at India at fine art gallery, Mumbai.
2008 “Keep Drawing” at Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
“ABC Contemporary Art” Auction & Exhibition OSIAN Art Mumbai and New Delhi.
2007 “The Indian Story” Org. by Gallery Espace & Ganges Art Gallery, Cork Street, London.
“The DIFC- Golf Art Show” Org. by Gallery Espace, Hold in, Dubai.
“20th Century Indian Art” Org. by Art Curial, Paris.
2006 “The Indian Contemporary Art” org by Arushi Arts at Nehru Center, London. 2004 “Singular Identity” curated by Alka Pande, Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
“Jugalbandi” group exhibition, Gallery One Twenty Eight org by Paper Wasp Studio, New York.
2001 The Nude Study” Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai.
“Kitsch Kitsch Hota Hai” Curated by Madhu Jain at Gallery Espace New Delhi.
2000 “4th Egyptian Print Triennale in Egypt.
1999 “3rd Egyptian Print Triennale in Egypt.
“Made in India” Exhibition of Print, Gallery Gauche, Paris.
1998 “Exhibition of Prints, Tasmiya Art House, Sahabad, Gulbarga, Karnataka.
“2nd Egyptian Print Triennale”, Egypt.
1997 “50 Years of Independence “Gallery” Faculy of Fine Arts MSU, Baroda.
“International Print Triennial” Japan.
1995 “Kala Bhawan Annual Exhibition” Gallery Nandan, Viswa Bharati, Santiniketan.
1994 “Annual Lalita Kala Akademy Show” LKA Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
1993 “Kala Bhawan Annual Exhibition” Gallery Birla Academy, Kolkata.
1992 “WAA” Summer Group Show, Lalit Kala Akademi, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
1991 “Nanda Mela Group Exhibition”, Viswa Bharati, Santiniketan.
1990 “Narayan Chandra Kala Mandira” NCKM-Annual Art Exhibition” at Kantapada, Bhadrak, Odisha.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS :
2017/19 SRF - Senior Fellowship, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
2013 National Award org by Odisha Lalita kala Akademi, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
2001 JRF - Junior Fellowship, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
2001 “Odisha State Lalita Kala Akademi Award”, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
1997 11th All India Art Contest & Exhibition South Zone Cultural Centre,
(First prize of Professional Category; Award on Graphics Art) Nagpur, Maharastra.
1997 50 years Post Indian Independence Art Award at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
1994 Odisha State Lalita Kala Akademi, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
1992 “WAA” Summer Show Award ,Bhubaneshwar, LKA, Odisha.
1991-95 Viswa Bharati University merit Scholarship, Santiniketan.