Artists Rishikesh and Manasa Kalyan’s interpretation of the modern world – Kaliyug 2.0
Bengaluru: Kaliyug, a series of acrylic paintings by talented siblings – Rishikesh Kalyan and Manasa Kalyan, has announced the launch of its second edition in Bengaluru. The specially curated artwork by these young and aspiring artists has been unveiled and displayed at Chitrakala Parishad in Seshadripuram. The 3-day exhibition was inaugurated by notable dignitaries such as Member of Parliament from Bengaluru South – Mr. Tejasvi Surya, Kannada Superstar and environment enthusiast Dr. Shiva Rajkumar, and Dr. Chenraj Jain, Chancellor of Jain University.
The one-of-its-kind art exhibition reflects upon the ecological perils and visualizes the destruction that has been unleashed upon the environment by successive generations, culminating in a pandemic that reminds us of the mythical Kaliyug itself. Through the 2.0 version of this unique series, the artists aim to convey a riveting message around energy conservation as well as inspire the masses to fulfil their individual responsibility towards nature by maintaining the integrity of the environment.
Talking about the Kaliyug series, Master Rishikesh Kalyan said, “Today, mankind is facing a number of global challenges and the climate change crisis has emerged as an immediate threat causing destruction of life and property around the globe. As climate change worsens, the long-term shifts in weather patterns is expected to have an impact, not only on the flora and fauna but also communities and livelihoods. We strongly believe that to fight or reverse climate change, a collective effort is required of working towards finding solutions.”
Agreeing to elder brother Rishikesh’s perspective, Ms. Manasa Kalyan added, “Through our paintings, we aim to showcase the perils of this Kaliyug that we are in, and hope that it inspires the viewers to take small steps towards creating a positive change in our immediate communities and societies.”
Kaliyug 2.0 aims to drive conversation around preserving the canvas of nature for generations to come through a surreal experience. The proceeds from the art exhibition-cum-sale will be fully donated to Akshaya Patra Foundation.
Talking about the association with Kaliyug 2.0, Sundeep Talwar, Chief Marketing Officer, The Akshaya Patra Foundation said, “It’s always an inspiration to see youth come forward to create social change in our communities. The thoughtfulness and generosity that Manasa and Rishikesh Kalyan have shown in so graciously harnessing their talent to support underprivileged students in government schools is exceptional. On behalf of all our beneficiaries who will benefit from this partnership, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to both Manasa and Rishikesh. Their compassion will help empower and nourish children in need.”
Trained for the past eight years, under artist Shine Karunakaran, this is the second public display of Rishikesh and Manasa Kalyan’s art work. After the successful first edition of the series which was held in Thrissur, Kerala, the artists have revamped their work, majority of which was produced during the past year.