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Group Exhibition of Punjab and Phulkari – art installations, ceramics, jute, metal

The exhibition Mela Phulkari, presented by 1469 and curated by Alka Pande, was aimed at reviving the artform of phulkari and bringing in a fresh whiff of all pretty and popular things from Punjab. Phulkari, the popular embroidery technique of Punjab is not only a well-appreciated textile craft, but also a happy blend of colours and culture. The exhibition became a platform where on display werecolourful pakhis (hand fans), madanis (butter churner), tillajutis (footwear), Manja (village cots), parandis (the festive hair accessory), and not to forget the rich textiles and embroideries.The feast for the eyes paved way for ears too. Visitors were greeted by traditional musical instruments such as sarangi, nagada, dilruba, and dhadd. The concept was aimed at serenading urban Delhites and pampering their senses. The event saw a revival of art, craft, and culture in the feistiest form. The exhibition presented over 150 year old phulkaris, some of which belongs to the brand 1469, while a few were borrowed from the personal collections of royal families for public viewing. The ‘Mela Phulkari’ became the iconic image of the cultural identity of the state. The novel concept not only offered economic independence to the women-power, but also provided financial aid to the widows who were victims of farmer suicides in Punjab. 1469 is actively developing centres in various belts of the city to promote and popularize the art of phulkari. Phulkari is a metaphor that represents not just as a textile on which the women of Punjab embroider their dreams and their lives, but a leitmotif that represents the complex web with which the crafts and culture of the land are enmeshed.

Group Exhibition of Punjab and Phulkari – art installations, ceramics, jute, metal
6th April – 13th April 2017, Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre
Curated by
Dr. Alka Pande

Shakhein: Another Tree, Another Sky

Renuka Verma is a self-taught painter and that is precisely the reason which brings in a refreshing re-imagination of an age old metaphor of trees. Nature/Prakriti abounds in her work, abundant with lush, natural imagery. Nature has been a recurring leitmotif in art and literature from the ancient Indian tradition when the Kalpavriksha or wish fulfilling tree came out of the Samundramanthan/churning of the ocean to Ancient Rome where, in Pompeii, landscapes was first seen in the frescoes in the villas.
Thus, through her works remerges an age old visual language that goes back to the earliest examples of Roman frescoes and the rich murals at Ajanta and Ellora in India, known to be the oldest frescoes from the subcontinent. To this she is adding a new dimension with her mastery for portraying movement through her brushstrokes, demonstrating an astonishing eye for dynamism. Amidst cottony clouds, chirping birds, trees in different stages of movement are depicted.
Renuka prepares her canvas with an acid free pigment wash and directly applies flat colour through strong strokes that are almost Pollock-ian in nature. Oils and acrylic paint explore hues from a broken white to a marigold yellow. She captures the hues and moods of nature with her brush as skilfully as Jayadeva does with his words. Dwelling a while on her art, these beautiful lines from the poet’s the Gita Govinda come to mind, ‘When saffron flowers form Love’s parasol, Royal gold and open wide, As begonia blossoms bountiful with bees, Seem a quiver of arrows at Love’s side.’A solo show of paintings by Renuka Varma, at the Visual Arts Gallery
Curated by
Dr. Alka Pande

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Prakriti - The Creative Feminine

Prakriti: ‘The Creative Feminine’

Exhibition of folk art to celebrate women

8th to 12th March 2017, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre

The great Prakriti is for me the womb in which I deposit the germ. From it all beings come to birth, O Barata!

– Bhagavad Gita

In Indian mythology, Prakriti is the primal motive force by which the universe is determined and functions. The epigraph carefully gestures towards the aspect of Prakriti that nurtures and sustains. If harmony in nature is offered by abundance and sustenance, then the artistic representation of the same opens a plethora o imagination and creativity. A tribute to mother nature who is always personified a s a woman or Prakriti, is never short of the source and guiding force of creation of the entire world in its enormous totality. She is the creative force of the universe and embodies all its vigour. She nourishes and sustains the earth and all its creatures lovingly.

Curated by
Dr. Alka Pande