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    Art Exhibition in India Stirs Controversy


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    A government art exhibition in India's eastern city of Kolkata has caused controversy with some art critics branding the paintings as fakes. The exhibition includes paintings of one Indian literary genius.

    Art critics have criticized a government art exhibition featuring works from Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, saying the paintings are fake.

    The Government Art and Craft College at Kolkata opened on February 27 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Tagore, who is revered by Bengalis as a mentor.

    The exhibition included both Tagore's paintings and some of his unpublished works of literature.

    However, experts say that Tagore was an untrained painter and his style reflected those artistic traits clearly. Art critic Pranab Ranjan Roy said that being a College of Art, the organizers ought to have looked into several facts regarding Tagore's works and asked for expert opinion.

    [Pranab Ranjan Roy, Art Critic]:
    "Any institution, which is holding a Tagore exhibition should have been very careful about these things, about provenance, about details of working out. They may not have in-house expertise even when they are an arts college, they could have asked the expertise from outside, which is available."

    However, the exhibition organizer and principal of the art college, Dipali Bhattacharya, dismissed the criticism, saying that the experts are from the field of literature and not necessarily from fine arts.