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THIS is one exhibition that is strictly for adults. The show ' The Naked and the Nude' will celebrates the importance of the naked body in modern Indian art and features the work of more than 60 artists who delved into the theme.

The name of the exhibition may seem redundant at first, but, as Kishore Singh, Head of Exhibition and Publishing, Delhi Art Gallery explains, creates a fine line of distinction between two different styles. " Naked is a state of being while nude pertains to the artistic image of a body, an image that can provoke, excite or amuse you," he says.

A collateral event within the India Art Fair, the exhibition is the gallery's first attempt at showcasing works of this particular theme.

Over 250 artworks, of artists ranging from F. N. Souza, M. F. Husain, K. H. Ara, K. Laxma Goud, Avinash Chandra and P. T. Reddy,

present the varying ways in which the human body has been treated artistically. " There is a huge difference, in medium as well as content.

While some are academic ( works of Jamini Roy), some are progressive in nature ( works of F. N. Souza). There are paintings that are sensuous and again some that showcase the society's ills," says Singh. Indian artists who trained in the West, says Singh, developed a style which incorporated

incorporated both the Western academic style as well as their own interpretation of the Indian way of treating a nude body. In the end though, all paintings are a part of the narrative. Each image has its own story to tell.

' The Naked and the Nude' is on display at the Delhi Art Gallery from Feb 2 till March 15; 10: 30 a. m. to 7 p. m.

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