- March 29, 2023
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Kalakriti Art Gallery presents artist, Sunayana Malhotra and Poushali Das exhibition of paintings
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The Sarovar Story by Sunayana Malhotra
Enchanted by the lotuses artist, Sunayana Malhothra committed herself to exploring its fleeting moods, and unplumbed depth. The word ‘Sarovar’ sums up a great deal of water symbolism documented in the religious history of India from the time of the Rigveda. For her ‘Sarovar stories’ are part of her vivid imagination of what a ‘Sarovar’ will look like at different times of day – it bloomed, shriveled, and came back to life.
For Sunayana lotuses are more than a picturesque thing to admire, but a creature of symbolic beauty and Mythological significance. Whereas her obsession made her use all her means at her disposal from juxtaposing of colours, tones, and texture, her compositions encompassed whirls and bands generating a meditative ambiance.
Her works evoke a Meditative Aura, reflecting her fascination with elements of Nature & Spirituality. Dominated by vibrant hues, her artworks explore the harmony between man and Mother nature – inspired by prosperity, symbolizing beauty. Transience and a sense of movement in these paintings touch the viewer with the play between the cosmic energies and symbolisms floating all over her body of works.
|Leaving the further journey towards infinity, to the Imagination by Poushali Das|
Poushali’s engagement with mysticism began from listening to a song by Rabindranath Tagore where he describes himself as a traveller who has lost his way. ‘Tagore’s poem found a new meaning in my heart, the word “Thou” is normally referred to God, but I realized, one of the many abstract forms of connecting to the Almighty is travelling. These mystic travellers who are on a journey without a beginning and an end become the main characters of my painting through listening to poetry and songs.’ Says Poushali.The element of her painting concerns spirituality translated through research and revival of ancient traditional techniques, methods and motifs from Sub continental traditional culture. Taking inspiration from this mode of narration, she assembles different frames of her thoughts and emotions into smaller panels and creating an ensemble to narrate different stories. When these panels come together, they invoke a completely different effect of meditative stillness because the narrative runs through not only the horizontal or vertical axis, but relates in every direction of the multi perspective space arrangement.From ‘Pata’ scrolls, try to reformed the cinematic way of story-telling, but with that, joined a multi perspective vision of the Indian miniature painting. These series of paintings are an aggregate of several panels structurally depicting fragmented experience, rupture of time and space of modern times