Over the span of a prolific career, Shankar Kendale, who studied art in Pune’s Abhinav Kala Vidyalaya, has regularly sought his muse in the cultural and artistic milieu of rural India – its people, homes and traditions. His paintings are an ode to the country’s lively but slowly disintegrating folk culture. In his latest series, Kendale chooses to colour his works in the medium of light. Using a minimalist palette of black and white only, his bold pen and ink drawings do away with colour. Instead, he invites viewers to see the raw, vital essence of the objects and people on display – from brass pots and pigeons to poignant portraits of ethnic people – without a busy riot of colours which could potentially distract. The drawings showcase the brilliant dance of chiaroscuro – strong contrasts of light and dark, and the subtle gradations between the contrasting hues – that builds up and deepens the atmosphere. The magic is in the minutiae: the intricate crosshatch shading, the detailed designs on the surfaces of bric-a-brac, and the fleeting expressions on the faces of his protagonists.