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Feb 05, 2013 at 10:43pm IST

Right wing groups pose threat to art exhibitions in Delhi, Bangalore

New Delhi: It was trouble in paradise for art lovers as art exhibitions in Bangalore and Delhi were targeted by right wing activists. Artist Anirudh Sainath's paintings at the Chitrakala Parishath were taken off after the art academy received threat calls to remove the three paintings which depicted Hindu gods and goddesses in the nude.

The art academy immediately downed the shutters on the gallery and only after several protests by the artists, was the gallery reopened but with the condition that the three paintings be withdrawn.

Moving on to the capital, an art exhibition titled 'The Naked and The Nude' found itself amidst controversy when the Durga Vahini, the women wing of the VHP demanded that the organisers should shut down the exhibition as it was insulting to women.

Ashish Anand, the director of the Delhi Art Gallery, said, "We had to shut down when females walked in from the VHP. We got police protection and we are carrying on with the show."

Amidst police protection, the organisers of the exhibition hope to carry on as per schedule which is slated till March 15, but with incoming threats, the organisers may have to face the heat from right wing activists.