Kolkata, March 4 : ASHOK HARALALKA and five other contemporary artists from Kolkata are presenting an art exhibition, CART THAT ART – PRICELESS ART @ ARTFUL PRICES, at ICCR, 9A, HO CHI MINH SARANI which is an eclectic mix of around 75 attractive paintings that represent everything from spirituality to various facades of Kolkata and a plethora of moods and melodies on canvas.

The exhibition was inaugurated by renowned fashion designer Agnimitra Paul and eminent actress Sayani Datta and was also graced by the US Consul General in Kolkata, Craig L. Hall. The exhibition that was inaugurated on March 4 will continue till 6TH MARCH 2016, 3pm TO 8pm.

The exhibition features six painters, namely Ashok Haralalka, Kavita Bhuwalka, Nidhi Bhadani, Madhabi Sarkar, Ritu Khetriwal and Usha Bubna, passionately painting for more than a decade and a half on a diverse range of subjects, from landscape to cityscape, from nature to abstract, from the muted to vibrant, primarily using acrylic on canvas. The paintings on display range from Rs 7,500 and go up to Rs 25,000

Elucidating upon the exhibition, curator and exhibiting artist Ashok Haralalka said, "The name came from e-commerce. Whenever someone goes to an online site, they cart items they want to purchase. The name came from there. Cart that Art. Online art does not sell. So what we have tried to recreate is make it tangentially possible for viewers to see and buy, with an eventuality of making it available online." Adding further he said, "Cart that Art will regularly exhibit multiple bodies of work and add more artists to create a repository of veritable artworks and a percentage of the sales will be donated to the Denmark based NGO Little Big Help operating in Calcutta, providing boarding lodging and education to abandoned street children."

Speaking at the event celebrity guest, Agnimitra Paul said, "The paintings are extraordinary representations and each person has encompassed a completely different style on the canvas. Actress Sayani Datta too was all praise for the exhibits. She said, "The paintings are not garbed in modern jargons. They are aesthetic representations that any lay man can comprehend and are pleasing to the eye."

The paintings encompass a variety of styles. From wall paintings and murals in Ajanta and Elora that are some of the inspiration behind Madhabi Sarkar's etchings to spirituality that forms a basis of Kavita Bhuwalka's frames or an eclectic mix of colours in Nidhi Bhadani's paintings, the canvasses are replete with deft brush strokes that can leave enthusiasts mesmerised and contemplative. Usha Bubna's Sangam shows a dextrous convergence of the two forces of man and woman represented through Shiv and Shakti and Ritu Khetriwal's Embedded and Unified in Love is replete with beautiful murals and cerulean shades.

About the Artists

Ashok Haralalka: A Computer Engineer by profession and an MBA by education, Haralalka is currently managing retail fashion garments stores by the brand name of Just Casuals. He is a also a professional emcee/anchor, and has been an RJ with Power FM. His affection has been sketching, cartooning and painting since childhood, with a number of cartoons published in The Telegraph and The Times of India. He experiments with the charcoal and brush as well as spatula.

Kavita Bhuwalka: She believes a picture is a poem without words. As a child she has always enjoyed being with her drawing copy and colours, putting down all her thoughts and feelings in a piece of paper. Whenever she sees pieces of art, they motivate her to enhance her passion.

Madhabi Sarkar: Currently living in Calcutta, Sarkar was born in the city of Ranchi and spent her childhood in the picturesque city of Darjeeling which is close to the Indo-Nepal border. She always had a knack for trying something new and innovative. She has mastered the art of acrylic and charcoal-based painting and hope to reach new horizons in the exciting period ahead. She believes in art as a form of expression to express her innermost emotions, feelings, and most complex of things which can perhaps never better be expressed than this beautiful medium.

Nidhi Bhadani: Nidhi Bhadani belongs to a state having breathtaking scenic beauty, fertile valleys and jewel of exquisite beauty – Assam. Painting became her passion with the passing of time. She imagines – "What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything".

Ritu Ketriwal: She was born in a simple middle class family in a small town -Deoghar. Painting is her passion since childhood. She has been an art fanatic since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Art is life for the artist.

Usha Bubna: Her love for life finds expression in her art. She uses acrylic and pastels and gets creative while putting her thoughts on to the canvas be leveraging mediums such as the spatula, fork, fingers or simply sponge. While her art is primarily abstract, her soul becomes meditative in her art. The mysticism and spiritualism of Hinduism and Buddhism find expression through her paintings.