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Bangalore art gallery removes three nude paintings after complaints

Bangalore, Feb 6 (): Three nude paintings of a New Delhi-based young artist Anirudh Sainath Krishnamani have been removed from the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (CKP), the premier art gallery in Bangalore after threats of violence.

The exhibition had been inaugurated on Sunday by Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj. On Monday, Durga Vahini members were busy opposing the modern nude art exhibition in New Delhi. Fearing similar actions in Bangalore too, the paintings were removed.

The Bangalore art academy claims it had received some threat calls over the three paintings that portrayed Hindu gods Kali, Shiva and Parvati in the nude. The painter says he was inspired by Khajuraho sculptures.

Bangalore police have told the organisers to continue the exhibition without the three paintings.

Anirudh, the emerging artist, was shocked when the management of CKP told him that he had to take away three of the 30 paintings on display because of “intelligence report” from the police that the exhibition could trigger protests, as it happened in Delhi.

The 22-year-old artist said that he read the scriptures and then he painted goddesses and gods – but still those persons found them objectionable. He said that they have found the paintings indecent. The police had asked to remove the pictures or else they would close the exhibition. It was a huge pressure on him and so the artist removed the pictures.

However, the artist has plans of approaching the police to seek clarity. The police said that they were acting on the basis of “intelligence reports” that the painting exhibition could lead to law and order situation or stimulate trouble.

A jurisdictional police officer said that they could not reveal exactly the source, but they are intended to take action. The parents of the artist protested against the police, but the government did not take any action against the policemen concerned.