Understanding Krishna as a metaphor : At every point in life when we feel disheartened there is a soul that appears to uplift you...learn to acknowledge, trust and be greatful!
This painting is inspired by the form of Godess Durga. I see her as an artistic embodiment of feminine power and positive energy. She is the true manifestation of wisdom, grace, determination, strength and divinity, truly emitting the light to destroy all darkness.
Music has the power to tune one’s mind and soul in order to live in harmony with the world around us. If you listen well nature has a continuous music that can help you glide through the journey of life. Appreciate it’s beauty, cherish its music! This piece is inspired by the symbolism of Saraswati- goddess of art and knowledge as well as the times I spent in the natural surroundings of Tilburg observing the birds swim and absorbing the sounds created around.
Elephants are considered as a symbol of good luck in many cultures. The most significant feature of an elephant is it’s trunk. It is strong enough to perform multiple tasks and has the resistance to bend, twist and twirl with extreme agility. I try to incorporate these features in this work as well as look at the truck as a symbol far sightedness. The concept is inspired by the form of ‘Ganesha’.
‘Om’ or ‘Aum’ is believed to be the sacred sound of the universe.The vibrations produced by the sound of Om, create energies that help align the body, mind and the soul. This sacred sound ‘Om’ cannot be complete without its last syllable which is silence , the absolute state. This painting was created during my first Autumn in Europe! The vibrant colours of the Autumn leaves, make way to the dark and silent winter. Isn’t it true that moments of silence after beautiful encounters can be the most contemplative? Nature will always lead by example, it is for us humans to direct our vision to the positive.
The force that nourishes the Cosmos - the Supreme consciousness - one's true self is transcendental, infinite and formless. This absolute existence is manifested in the form of 'Shiva' - he who is unaffected and unmoved by the materialistic world and who enlightens the wisdom of life through his dance.
THE PINK ONE
I have always had a mysterious attraction towards Tulips. They seemed to be in my list of favourites even though they do not grow in my country. What did I know that one day I would be living in the land of Tulips! The sight of those alluring colours was a treat to my heart, each colour being so dynamic and special. It was difficult for me to put all of them on one canvas, so decided to chose one - the pink one!
I have always been fond of bright colours, as I strongly feel that colours have an immediate effect on our mood and arouse different emotions. The Rainbow has all the colours that can uplift ones mood, each colour subtly merging into the other. This colourful phenomenon appears only when the sky is dark! It is so true ,that in order to experience the effect of colour one has to experience the greys too.
Blowing the conch before the start or at the end of an important event is considered auspicious as per Indian tradition. The Conch has an important significance also in Buddhist, South Asian and South American cultures. Its resonating sound fills the surroundings with positive vibrations. Found in the depths of the oceans, a conch is a natural home of some oceanic creatures. It is interesting to note that if you try holding a conch shell to your ear, you can hear the sound of the ocean waves humming gently. This phenomenon is the inspiration behind my painting. Listening to the sound of waves, to me, is like experiencing the sound of Earth’s cosmic energy, a sound that creates an instant composure within me. In this painting I try to bring out the sound you hear through the conch and the the vibration it creates through the use of brush strokes and texture. The sound that is endless, the sound that is bliss, the sound that creates music - the sound from within. 50cm x 40 cm, Oil paint on Canvas
This painting explores the conflicting ideas of form versus essence between the two sexes. Equality between man and woman is beautifully projected in one of Shiva’s forms - The Ardhanarishvara. I was inspired to create this painting while trying to understand and portray this form through my dance practice. Ardhanarishwara is a composite figure where Shiva(male) and Parvati (female) are fused together to create a single entity. This form asserts that the male is only so much male as much he is female and vice versa the female is only as much female as much she is male. For the purpose of creation, the one is required to split into two and the two to merge into one. This concept of equality is beyond the physical, the oneness can be experienced only if we are able to ignore the outward duality. 50cm x 40 cm, Oil paint on canvas
According to Yogic philosophy ‘Charkras’ are referred to as energy points in our body that affect our emotional and physical well being. It is interesting to note that the literal meaning of Chakra is a wheel, emphasising the fact that life and creation is cyclic in nature. This painting is an imagination that sparked in my mind while participating in a creative movement workshop on the activation of Chakras. The journey through the Chakras was envisioned through colours, sound and nature. Activation of the Chakras is a journey inward, uniting you with your own inner rhythm, harmonising the body and mind, elevating you to experience inner peace and balance. 45cm x 45 cm, Oil paint on canvas
When the full moon shines in full glory, it lights up the dark skies - radiant, incandescent, enlightened. But the moon by itself has no light, it shines by the illumination from the sun. The true source of its radiance is the existence of the sun. Similarly our soul can be lit up only by our true self- the source of ultimate happiness. Sama, the state of calmness and tranquility could be our path to enlightenment, just like it was for the Enlightened One - Buddha. The painting is a reflection on this thought, inviting the viewer to contemplate. 45cm x 45 cm, Oil paint on canvas
This painting tries to express the life of a soul with respect to time. We relate to time as past , present and future and our experiences in life as white, black and grey. But isn’t time a subjective concept? How can we define the present? Is the ‘present’ a year, month, day, hour, minute or second? The painting expresses time as endless. And so is the journey of each soul. The red line in the painting represents a soul firing through the realms of the universe. Can we imagine this journey ,that is as smooth as a straight line? A journey that is balanced in the present, as there is no weight added on from the past or future? The painting aims to generate this imaginary in the viewers mind. The essence of time as endless.