Divinity and Indian heritage took centre-stage at the opening of NCR-based artist Rucchi Agrawal’s solo show, titled ‘Divya’, on September 29, 2022 (Thursday) at the Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, Delhi. An eminent guest list — including Dr Harsh Vardhan (MP and former Union Health Minister), Rajesh Verma (MP), Shyam Jaju (former national BJP vice president), Yogesh Verma (MLA) and Ashok Aggarwal (President, International Vaish Federation) — were among the first to be witness to Rucchi’s recent series of paintings imagining the history of India’s civilisation. On view are oil, acrylic and mixed media works showing the artist’s spiritual inclinations and belief in the omnipresence of divine auras. “What I see and feel comes through my art. In my new works, I have painted ruined or abandoned ancient temples and heritage. I have also imagined the Airawat elephant as the custodian of our civili zation, which is as old as time itself,” says the self-taught and widely-exhibited artist. Rucchi is a NIFT graduate with an artistic bent of mind. A great believer in spiritualism and meditation, her paintings reflect our ancient roots.