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Exhibition on 150 yrs of income tax showcases works by 140 artists

While realms of space have been dedicated to discussions on how different art and commerce are,this art exhibition stands out in stark contrast — for it is an exhibition commemorating 150 years of income tax,held at the Nation Building.

Written by Sheveta Bhatia | Chandigarh |
May 16, 2011 2:08:05 am

While realms of space have been dedicated to discussions on how different art and commerce are,this art exhibition stands out in stark contrast — for it is an exhibition commemorating 150 years of income tax,held at the Nation Building.

Nestled in Punjab Kala Bhawan Art Gallery at Sector 16,works of the likes of Raghu Rai,Anjolie Ela Menon,Jatin Das,Arpana Caur and Ram Kumar have been put on display. Here,while Diwan Manna’s Shores of the Unknown puts forward the perfect concoction of photography,painting and body art,Aparna Caur’s painting of the pot on which Sohni swam to meet Mahiwal draws the relation between life,love and sacrifice. Also greeting you near the entrance is S Raj Kumar’s painting titled A Photograph in Autumn that captures a scene in Sector 17.

With varied concepts,moods,theme and mediums used in this exhibition,works of about 140 artists have been put on display. “A rolling exhibition,it had come to Chandigarh from Agra with 117 art works and will proceed to Lucknow with 25 additions from the city,” tells Manna,as he shows us art works that have been inspired by the working of the of the tax department.

A painting by Harmeet Singh,IRS and commissioner of income tax — though to one it may look like a series of Saturn rings in different colours — symbolises the 15 decades of contribution of direct taxes to national wealth. This,as Satwant Singh depicts the contributions of the department through stylised animals with human faces and limbs in ink,charcoal and acrylic. Elsewhere,Sanjay Kumar’s painting has the income tax building in Sector 17 on a 72 inch by 72 inch canvas.

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“This exhibition is our way of showing appreciation to the society that has helped us raise taxes. It is our effort to show the department’s humane side,” says Pawan Parmar Singh,Income tax Commissioner in Chandigarh. He tells us that the idea to organise the nationwide painting exhibition was mooted by Durgesh Sharma,who retired from the department last July.

Singh adds that the exhibition started with workshops at various states and has seen contributions from many renowned artists,the works of whom will finally be placed at the gallery of the National Academy of Direct Taxes in Nagpur.

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