The sight on view on this canvas is an antithesis of a supposed landscape study, sidestepping a sense of tangible reality. It appears as if the artist used what he was observing as an objective scene to piece together a collage that could be viewed from multiple perspectives. The structures are aligned next to each other in an arrangement of squares and triangles that help the work to acquire a unique spatial dimension. The artist cast aside the thought of capturing what his eye saw, and instead constructed a picture, lending structure to his work - akin to the advice that Cartier Bresson famously shared with S H Raza. \n\nThe holy river is enveloped from three sides by the edifices jutting out of the ghat, seemingly ready to topple and merge with the waterbody. A sense of infinity is provided to the fourth, unhindered side, where two boats are depicted stationed near the edge of the ghat, ready for an early morning boat ride into the vast expanse of the river. Yet again, the reflection of the houses and the temples lining the ghat, visible on the placid waters of the Ganges, provide a sense of serenity and surrender at once. The city seems to hold the power to halt time not just for the viewer but even for the visitor, for them to experience the magnanimity of each moment, thus, delivering them to an eternal state of truth.

Before the hymns begin by S. D. Shrotriya

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  • Born in Moradabad in 1939, S.D. Shotriya was a former reader and Head of Department of Drawing and Painting at S.D. (P.G.) College in Muzaffarnagar. He began his creative journey in 1958. His artistic practice sought inspiration from the mountain ranges of North India and the holy city of Benaras. He uses movements and shapes to express emotions in his works, and a palette of cool and soft colours. He was also a writer, poet and an art critic. Born in Moradabad in 1939, S.D. Shotriya was a former reader and Head of Department of Drawing and Painting at S.D. (P.G.) College in Muzaffarnagar. He began his creative journey in 1958. His artistic practice sought inspiration from the mountain ranges of North India and the holy city of Benaras. He uses movements and shapes to express emotions in his works, and a palette of cool and soft colours. He was also a writer, poet and an art critic. He finished his education, Masters and Doctorate in the same disciplines that he later headed. He has been a recipient of numerous accolades such as the Upendra Maharathi Award by the Bihar Govt. in 1988 and 89 and Veteran Artist Honour and Award by All Indian Fine Arts and Crafts Society in 2008, among many more. He has authored several books such as Manvakriti Sanyojan; Chirtan-Vidhan evam samgri; Chitra kala ke Muladhar, and Kala Vichar, to name a few. His work has been acclaimed at several solo exhibitions such as in Triveni Kala Sangam and AIFACS, New Delhi in 2008, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 2005 and Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow in 2001. Notable group shows include Commonwealth Games Arts Camp, New Delhi in 2010, All India Senior Artist Camp, AIFACS, New Delhi in 2009 and many more.

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