On Saturday, 21 December 2013, the Yatra Arts Foundation hosted the opening reception for Adhoc, an art exhibition featuring the paintings of Osiva, Yatra’s painting instructor from Kuilapalayam, and Louise Robinson, a long-time Yatra supporter visiting from France. Coordinated and supported by Yatra staff, Adhoc, defined as “something formed for special and immediate purpose without previous planning,” earned its name from the spontaneous decision by the two artists to create the exhibition mere days before opening.
Osiva’s Impressionist-style paintings took their inspiration from a variety of local and foreign landscapes, village temples, Indian women washing in a river or standing with clay vessels, and Diyana. Exploring color and shape in a modern style, Louise used watercolors, collected rainwater, and pen to experiment with the technique of applying a watercolor wash and pulling out imagery inspired by the wash with pen.
On the night of the reception, Yatra director E. Srinivassan introduced the artists to the audience and called attention to their excellent artwork. After the introductions, Yatra’s students presented a veena performance by S. Priyadharshini, Bharatanatyam, and folk dance, including a popular gypsy dance. Many visitors from Auroville, Kuilapalayam and Pondicherry, parents, children and well-wishers came to the opening day of the exhibition and were inspired by the talents of artists Osiva and Louise. For more information on the exhibition or pricing list, please contact Yatra’s office at 04132623071.