Participants from India

On Thursday, while waiting for the Kenduri Kendara (Malay celabratory feast) to begin, I was chatting to a few artists who all happened to be from India but with very different approach to their art.

RAJESH YADAV
He is not only an artist but also a lecturer, curator and runs art workshops. He also conducts art exchange programmes for children, teens and even celebrities!… to various countries such as United Kingdom, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Rajess Yadav
Rajess Yadav

His are works are exhibited in Italy, New York, New Jersey and also locally in India.

Rajesh and one of his art works for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016
Rajesh and one of his art works for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016

Seen here with his new friends,  artists  from Gallery Shah Alam...as they "sneaked "off to explore  Langkawi on they own
Seen here with his new friends, participating artists from Gallery Shah Alam…as they “sneaked “off to explore Langkawi on they own

ANUP KUMAR
He is a sculptor from the state of Bihar, India and works with various media. For Langkawi Art Biennale 2016, he came to Langkawi two weeks before the opening, to EXPLORE and seek suitable materials for his sculpture. Together with the other sculptors, they visited a marble factory and found lot of marble off cuts. Then off to a scrap metal, recycling yard for the rest of the sculpture.

He calls this "Safety First"
He calls this “Safety First”

Why “Safety First”? The marble ‘peak’ in the centre of his sculpture with water faucets attached is his reminder to all that the glaciers are melting, water levels are rising. How can we protect it from worsening?. The authorities (represented by
black hands holding guns all around the sculpture’s black basin) are responsible for protecting Mother Nature.

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Anup’s top guns!

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Here with some new found friends…fellow sculptors – Dinesh Wilkes, Helen Crawford, Syahril Azwan and Zul Idris

SUNANDA KHAJURIA
An interesting lady who loves photography and has studied Chinese traditional art at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. Then she applies this influence into her contemporary works. Having a studio in Beijing and New Delhi means her time is divided between the two continents.

MOON WATCHER (Acrylic on canvas)
Moon Watcher (Acrylic on canvas)
Sunanda  (in red) with other lady artists - Marlene (South Africa), Sherin  (Malaysia ) and Sylvana  (France)
Sunanda (in red) with other lady artists – Marlene (South Africa), Sherin (Malaysia ) and Sylvana (France)

DHANESHWAR SHAH
He is her fiance and unfortunately could not be in Langkawi because he is busy working on his PhD in Beijing.

This is one of his paintings for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016

The Blue (acrylic on canvas)
The Blue (acrylic on canvas)

(Photos courtesy from various artists)