भारत के अद्भुत कलाकार और मुंबईकर ललित पाटिल ने मुम्बई की झुग्गी बस्तियों को किया अमर,उनके परिदृश्य को अपने कैनवास में उतारकर बनाया खूबसुरत !

परवेज दमानिया, सुधारक ओल्वे, मधुश्री, रूपाली सूरी, रुशा माधवानी, अनुषा श्रीनिवासन अय्यर, संजय निकम ने जहांगीर आर्ट गैलरी में ललित पाटिल के लैंडस्केप ऑफ आइडेंटिटी का उद्घाटन किया।

ललित पाटिल, तीन दशकों से मुंबईकर के दृश्य कलाकार, अपने आप में एक स्लम स्टार हैं। उनमें वास्तव में मलिन बस्तियों को कालातीत कृतियों में बदलनें की अद्भुत कला है।

जहांगीर आर्ट गैलरी, गैलरी 3, लैंडस्केप ऑफ आइडेंटिटीज में उनकी प्रदर्शनी का उद्घाटन पद्म श्री सुधारक ओल्वे, कला संग्रहकर्ता परवेज दमानिया, पार्श्व गायिका मधुश्री और उनके संगीतकार पति रॉबी बादल, अभिनेत्री रूपाली सूरी, सेलेब पोषण विशेषज्ञ रुशा माधवानी और निर्देशक-समतावादी पृथ्वी ने किया।  योद्धा अनुषा श्रीनिवासन अय्यर, मूर्तिकार-क्यूरेटर संजय निकम आदि वहाँ मौजूद थे।

ललित पाटिल में एक कलाकार के तौर पर अपना खाली समय न केवल शहर को देखने में बिताया है, बल्कि वो मलिन बस्तियों को अपनी प्रेरणा के रूप में देखते है।  “मुम्बई एक जटिल जगह है – यह शहर में आने वाले नागरिकों के लिए जगह बनाती है और उन्हें अपना बनाती है। चाहे वह इसकी इमारतों, झुग्गियों और लोगों के साथ हो, वे सभी मुंबई से घिरे हुए हैं,” पाटिल ने कहा।

मलिन बस्तियों की संरचना कलाकार के लिए एक अजीब आकर्षण रखती है।  वे कहते हैं, “झुग्गी बस्तियों में एक अप्रत्याशित संरचना होती है जिसमें वे घर होते हैं जो क्षेत्र को घेरते हैं, जिसमें प्रकाश अंधेरे से गुजरता है, आकार बनाता है। ये पृष्ठभूमि में विशाल इमारतों के साथ संरचनाओं की अपनी कहानी बताने के लिए अपनी कहानी होती है। वे मेटाफ़ेज़ को परिभाषित करते हैं ।”  मानवीय संवेदनाओं से परिपूर्ण जटिलता और अमूर्त रूप की यह संरचना और जिंदा रहने का बंधन शहर को उतना ही जिंदा रखता है।  परिदृश्य में यह भावनात्मक पहलू है जो मुझे सबसे ज्यादा उत्साहित करता है।”

दूसरों के विपरीत, पाटिल स्पॉट पेंटिंग पसंद करते हैं।  वह वास्तव में झुग्गी-झोपड़ियों का दौरा करते है और अपने जमे हुए फ्रेम में हर पल का अनुभव करते है।  “प्रत्येक स्ट्रोक मेरे लिए एक भावना का प्रतिनिधित्व करता है। पाटिल की ‘लैंडस्केप ऑफ आइडेंटिटीज’ शीर्षक वाली वैचारिक कृति ऐसी है कि कला के हर टुकड़े की अपनी परिभाषा, एक कहानी, एक पहचान होती है।  उन्होंने विशेष खंड भी बनाए हैं जहां स्क्रैप अपना कैनवास बनाता है।  “मेरा मानना है कि मेरा काम मुझे, आपको, मुंबई के लोगों को  दृढ़ता से परिभाषित करते हैं”।

भारत के अद्भुत कलाकार और मुंबईकर ललित पाटिल ने मुम्बई की झुग्गी बस्तियों को किया अमर,उनके परिदृश्य को अपने कैनवास में उतारकर बनाया खूबसुरत !

Mumbaikar Lalit Patil Captures Slums and Immortalises their Landscape in his Canvas

Parvez Damania, Sudharak Olwe, Madhushree, Rupali Suri,  Rusha Madhwani, Anusha Srinivasan  Iyer, Sanjay Nikam inaugurate Lalit Patil’s Landscape of Identities at Jehangir Art Gallery

Lalit Patil, a Mumbaikar visual artist from three decades, is a Slum Star in his own right. He actually converts slums into timeless masterpieces.

His exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Gallery 3,  titled Landscape of Identities was inaugurated by Padma Shri Sudharak Olwe, art collector Parvez Damania, playback singer Madhushree and her composer husband Robby Badal, actress Rupali Suri, celeb nutritionist Rusha Madhwani and director-egalitarian earth warrior Anusha Srinivasan Iyer, sculptor-curator Sanjay Nikam among others.

The artist in Lalit Patil spends his free time not just observing the city, but looks at the slums as his inspiration. “Munbai is a complex place — it makes space for the denizens that flow into the city and makes them its own. Whether it be with its buildings,  slums and people, they are all enveloped by Mumbai,” avers Patil.

The structure of the slums hold a strange fascination for the artist. Says he, “Slums have  an unexpected structure wherein they are houses enveloping the area, with light passing through  darkness, forming shapes. These. Structures  in juxtaposition with huge buildings in the background have their own story to tell. They define the metaphase if the city.” This structure of complexity and abstract form replete with human emotion and the bond to stay alive keeps the city alive as much. It is this emotional aspect in the  landscape that excites me most.”

Unlike others, Patil prefers spot paintings. He actually visits the slums and captures each moment he experiences in his frozen frames. “Each stroke represents an emotion for me,” he enthuses.  Patil’s conceptual work titled ‘Landscape of Identities’ is such that  every piece of art has its own definition, a tale, an identity.  He has even made special sections where scrap creates its own canvas. “I believe my works strongly define me, you, the people of Mumbai, us,” he concludes.

Mumbaikar Lalit Patil Captures Slums and Immortalises their Landscape in his Canvas

Solo show of Paintings By Well-known artist Inderjeet Grover in Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 21st to 27th June 2022

“My New Journey Begins…

Solo show of Paintings

By Well-known artist Inderjeet Grover

VENUE:

Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road,

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 98107 06622, 9026555531

Seeking the truth through Art…

Defined forms that overlap and emerge from one other, textured surface, busy brushstrokes and art that exuberates fullness are some of defining features of Inderjeet Grover’s paintings which will be on view in a Solo Exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai from 21st to 27th June, 2022.

This show has  been inaugurated on 21st June 2022 by  Nikita Rawal Bollywood Actress, Mr. Rajiv Kasat  (Renowned Architect), Sadhu Amrutvadandas (Eminent Artist, Writer, Motivational Speaker, Counselor, Guitarist),  Satyamvada( Miss Intellectual, Miss Culture World India Heritage), Mahendra Kalantri (CEO Acclaim Systems India Ltd.), Geeta Das(Eminent Artist).

All of Inderjeet’s art exhibitions have always been titled around the theme of journey, as he believes that art as well as life is a continuous journey, nothing is permanent, life is in a flux. Creativity demands ongoing highly conscious self-knowledge, a journey within.

His paintings, rendered in impressionist style, employ thick pigmented strokes applied with great virtuosity, revealing a style that is at once free and highly constructed. These works showcase the countryside, its landscapes, the people, their daily lives, their emotions, joys and worries engaged in daily activities, such as an old man waiting near his door, an old lady engaged in cooking food, the cycle rickshaws outside the house, facial emotions of dancers during their dance, various musical instruments.

Inderjeet Grover has completed BFA in painting from College of Art, New Delhi followed by advanced courses leading to M.F.A. in Painting from College of Art, New Delhi. He has a rich professional experience as Director, North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Prayagraj, and also had additional charge of  Director  at South Central Zone, Cultural Zone, Nagpur,   both the autonomous bodies of ministry of culture Presently He is serving as Deputy Director (Gen.), Dept. of Education,  NDMC – New Delhi to name a few.

He has participated in more than 100 solo and group art exhibitions till date. His works are in proud collection of many renowned art collectors like Ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore, Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR), Prime Minister’s office, New Delhi, German Embassy, Camel Foundation, Mumbai, Minister of Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma and also in USA, UK, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Kenya, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Germany Mauritius etc.

Solo show of Paintings By Well-known artist Inderjeet Grover in Jehangir Art Gallery

Aakriti Art Foundation presents “Colours of Spring 17” 17th Annual Art Exhibition

From: 16th to 19th June 2022

Aakriti Art Foundation presents

“Colours of Spring 17”

17th Annual Art Exhibition

An International exhibition by 26 selected artists from India, Australia, South Africa & Oman

Participating artists: M.F. Hussain, T. Vaikuntham, Jatin Das, Vijendar Sharma, Pratibha Khanna, Qureysh Basrai, Ronak Yogesh Makwana, Mukesh Nathani, Rinni Patel, Robin Hicks, Abhay Vijay Mastram, Manjary Ranjan Singh, Padmakar Kappagantula, Amit Kumar, Soni Kumar, Sangita Mishra, Anuradha Chavan, Mona Rathod, Nanda Pathak, Ken Maloney, Sayyad Zuber Bakar, Abhijit Das, Sohan Kumar, Poonam Anand, Sohnal V. Saxena, Swapna Sanjay Malwade    among others.

VENUE:

Cymroza Art Gallery

72, Bhulabhai Desai Road

Near Breach Candy Hospital

Mumbai 400026

www.aakritiartfoundation.com

Contact: 86526 76888

Colours of spring – 17. The special feature of this show is that it displays the artworks of many talented artists from various regions under one roof alongwith the works of master artists like. M. F. Hussain. T. Vaikuntham. Vijender. Sharma etc. Akruti. Art. Foundation has given a good chance to the upcoming talent in the country to present their artwork alongwith many master artists of international reputation to reach probable buyers and genuine art collectors.

The show has been organized by Mr. Manmohan Jaiswal – the founder of Aakriti Art Foundation.

This show has been inaugurated on 16th June 2022 by Khemchand  Bhagnani. -Film Producer, Uttam Jain – Indian Chamber of commerce, Leela Gajra – Builder, Manish Shah – Builder and Film Producer, Ritesh Chouhan – Business Man, Mengesh Naik – Retd. Mumbai Police, Darshana Kamble – Builder, Shyam Singhania – Businessman, Anuja Sahay – From Music Industry, Navin Bhanushali – Famous Photographer and Writer among others.

Aakriti Art Foundation presents “Colours of Spring 17”  17th Annual Art Exhibition

MANIFESTATION An Art Exhibition by contemporary artist Sumana Dey in Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 7th to 13th June 2022

MANIFESTATION

An Art Exhibition by contemporary artist Sumana Dey

VENUE:

Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 98204 46619

This show has been inaugurated on 7th June 2022  by Chief Guest Dr. Indu Shahani( Founding President & Chancellor Atlas SkillTech University, Mumbai),  Guests of Honour Mr. Harish Bhat(Brand Custodian, Tata Sons),  Ajoykaant Ruia   (Chairman Allstate Group), Prof. Vishwanath Sabale(Director of Art & Dean, Sir J.J. School of Art), in the presence of Padmanabh Bendre(Eminent Artist), Mr. Nitin Jadia and many art Lover & art connoisseurs

Manifestation 2022

Sumana Dey is an artist from Pune, settled in Mumbai. Working in this field with full dedication and passion. Sharing her journey towards her world of creation and peace.

“My paintings manifest my beliefs. I am very grateful to Lord for giving me this body, life and freedom of expression through creativity. It’s like meditation for me. I manifest to make it all the best. Nature, humans and the whole universe are His creations. I have tried my best in bring my creations to its best – “Manifestation”.

“My work is my identity”. – Sumana

Sumana is from a religious family. Her mother Srimati Sandhya Nath, singer and father Guru Shri Sachin Nath, artist, would take their kids to Kalighat temple,Kolkata. These visits have left a spiritual impression in the mind. The love for the culture is evident in the paintings of Sumana. Her father was a senior artist from Pune. His works influenced Sumana and has manifested into her art forms. Longish and rhythmic figures are the core representation. Experimenting in various mediums.Dry pastels, acrylic, oil, Mix media, wood, clay, etc.

Sumana is a Figurative contemporary artist – “Manifestation” is the theme of the show. Meaning that whatever you focus on is what you are bringing into your reality. You may focus and manifest through meditation, visualization, or just via your conscious or subconscious.

While creating her drawing and painting, she likes to hear Bhagwat Gita and the teaching given by Lord Krishna.Thereby, manifesting her thoughts to positivity and meditation. She works with full dedication and gratitude, visualizing herself in all the living creatures.Simple relationship between friends, family, small room gathering, bonding and self are the topic which she depicts. Figures are simple dressed with no ornaments and jewellery, in natural form and appearance.

In black and white series,figures arenude, wearing striped designer dress or a thin bordered saree. Graceful, sensuous, elegant and softness seen in the rendering of the textures all over every painting. Bringing unique style to the work. Sometimes beetle shaped leaves (auspiciously used in rituals) are also used in the works to give the aesthetic beauty to the overall composition.

Also, on display will be a unique concept of 26 circular pata paintings on the epic, Mahabharata. Narrating the timeline episodes of Mahabharata, dating from the great grandfather of Pandeva’s, the great King Shantanu to the great battle at Kurukshetra. Depicting the whole saga of Mahabharat in a series, of narrative composition.

MANIFESTATION An Art Exhibition by contemporary artist Sumana Dey in Jehangir Art Gallery

Artists and celebs throng NGMA retrospective tribute to Rini Dhumal and her colourful Canvas of Life

Every artist dips his brush into his soul, and then emerges a masterpiece. This seems to be so true for artist Rini Dhumal.   The Power of Shakti: A Retrospective of Rini Dhumal  at the National Gallery of modern art speaks volumes for the artist and each of her works that reflect her strength and resilience  radiating in its  light. Rini Dhumal’s powerful works have always brought out the extraordinary  strength in the ordinary  Indian woman. Her works of art were strongly rooted in Indian culture at the same time, effortlessly embraced the influences of her foreign travels and their influence.

Her studio situated on the first floor of her residence was recreated at NGMA besides the powerful ambience for the works, thanks to the efforts of  Adwaita Charan Garanayak, Director General, NGMA who has also curated the   exhibition.

Rini Dhumal’s retrospective — Shakti is on view from Saturday, 21st May, 2022 onwards.

The preview of the exhibition was graced by Brinda Miller, Nisha Jamwwal, Sudarshan Shetty, Pheroza Godrej, Vilas Shinde, Director General NGMA, Adwait Gadanayak, PD Dhumal, Radhika Dhumal, Shashi Bansal, Kalpana Gandhi, Vinod Sharma, Madhu Sharma, Sanjana Shelat, Jayanti Rabadia, Madhusudan, Jain Kamal, Kuldeep Koregaonkar among others.

The exhibition is on view from Saturday, 21st May, 2022 onwards.

Shakti was scheduled to open in December, 2020, but the COVID -19 pandemic wreaked havoc and thus, the show was postponed by a year. Unfortunately, Rini Dhumal passes away rather unexpectedly in September, 2021. Hence the retrospective.

Artists and celebs throng NGMA retrospective tribute to Rini Dhumal and her colourful canvas of life…

Solo Exhibition of Watercolour Landscapes By well-known artist Dr. M.G. Makandar in Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 10th to 16th May 2022

Solo Exhibition of Watercolour Landscapes

By well-known artist Dr. M.G. Makandar

VENUE:

Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001

Timing; 11am to 7pm

Contact: 94484 20510

Serene Beauty of Nature

Recent work of a well known artist from Karnataka, Dr. M.G. Makandar in water colours will be displayed in a solo art exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, M.G. Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001 from 10th to 16th May, 2022 between 11 am to 7 pm. It will present landscapes and other works related to beauty of nature in different forms in water colours in his unique technique and stylish visual expressions. This show will be inaugurated on 10th May 2022 at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai at 12 noon by Mr. M.R. Balikai, senior renowned artist from Dharwad and Mr.Devagouda N. Malagoudnavar, well known artist from Dharwad in presence of many art lovers, patrons, collectors of art etc.

Dr. M.G. Makandar hails from Belgaum, Karnataka. He had his art education upto Art Master followed by Master of fine arts in Karnataka. He was awarded doctorate in fine arts from a well known University in Karnataka. He achieved the Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy Award. Then he displayed his work in water colours in many solo and group art exhibitions at numerous places in leading art galleries at Dharwad, Hubbali, Bangalore, Mysore, BelgaviUdupi, Goa, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Pune and many more.  He also participated in International art shows at Nepal, Bangkok, Kathamandu etc.  He is a proud recipient of several awards from leading art promotional institutions of good reputation as a recognition and appreciation of his genuine talent and creativity.  His works are in collection of many art collectors in India and abroad.

Deeply motivated by an intense urge from within to create artwork in water colours to reveal the beauty of nature in a realistic style, Dr. M.G. Makandar was very much obsessed by the hues of the simplicity of village life and its cultural vignettes in rural areas of our country.  He was also overwhelmed by the omnipresent beauty of nature and its numerous hues and grandeur in various seasons in a year at different places and regions. His keen observations, command over the medium and techniques used and an eloquent visual language of expressions together resulted into the present series of artwork that is not only picturesque and expressive but also eloquent and visually pleasant. It depicts small mud huts and houses of farmers and other working class in rural environments that produce the landscapic visual effect.  He has displayed simple village life and eternal beauty of nature at Hampi, Pattadakalla, Badami, Bijapur, Goa and many more places in his works.  In addition, he has also highlighted the hills and snowclad mountains in Nepal and other spots.  He also incorporated the eternal beauty and divine serenity of Mother Nature and their omnipresent grandeur in his works at strategic arenas so as to adorn them aesthetically with the desired visual effects and the expected tranquillity.

Solo Exhibition of Watercolour Landscapes By well-known artist Dr. M.G. Makandar in Jehangir Art Gallery

Fascinating Devotion Solo Show of Recent Paintings By well-Known artist Bira Kishor Patra in Nehru Centre Art Gallery

From: 26th April to 2nd May 2022

“Fascinating Devotion”

A Journey Through Divine Music

Solo show of Recent Paintings

By well-known artist Bira Kishor Patra

VENUE:

Nehru Centre Art Gallery

AC Gallery, Dr. Annie Besant Road,

Worli, Mumbai 400 018

Contact: 7021594332

Contact: 11am to 7pm

FASCINATING  DEVOTION

Recent creative and thematic work of a famous contemporary artist Bira Kishor Patra has been displayed in a solo art exhibition at Nehru Centre A.C. art gallery Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 018 from 26th April, to 2nd May, 2022 between 11 am to 7 pm.

The show is supported by Mr. Manmohan Jaiswal, Director Aakriti Art Foundation

Bira Kishor Patra hails from Orissa, He had his art education upto B.F.A. in Painting from Berhampur University, Orissa and then M.F.A. in Painting from Faculty of Visual Arts, B.H.U. Varansi, U.P.  He was a proud recipient of several awards even during his student period and thereafter also from many prestigious art promotional institutions of national and international reputation.  He actively participated in many solo and group art shows at numerous art galleries all over India and abroad and rendered his yeoman services for propagation of fine arts to masses through talks on radio/TV and other means for presentations/demonstrations etc.  His works are in proud collection of many art collectors of good reputation in India and abroad.  He has often received overwhelming public response and appreciations for his presentations.

The present series of artwork in acrylic colours on canvas illustrates subtle nuances of FASCINATING  DEVOTION  in his unique style of visual expressions.  His unique expressive thematic endeavours reveal the conceptualization on divine path through music of spirituality and rhythm of music.  It is most effectively revealed through his artistic exploration of the beauty and reality of Universal metaphor in human soul, mind and heart.  These divine sentiments are depicted very artistically by Bir Kishor Patra via vivid interactive and expressive emotional experiences which have duly inspired him to vividly portray the spiritual Universe connected and closely related with Divine Music which, in turn, showers its eternal elixir and nectar on the entire mankind. The artistic expressions in various works symbolize the divine journey from outer world to inner subconscious mind which is based on spiritual experience of Divine Gurus, Saints etc. as has been derived from Universal truth of realisation of self.

Fascinating Devotion Solo Show of Recent Paintings By well-Known artist Bira Kishor Patra in Nehru Centre Art Gallery

शिल्पी खरे ‘अर्टिस्टरी ऑफ वूमेन’ की महिला कलाकारों द्वारा कला प्रदर्शनी में सराही गई

राज्य ललित कला अकादमी रीजनल सेंटर, लखनऊ की कला वीथिका में ‘अर्टिस्टरी ऑफ वूमेन’ की महिला कलाकारों द्वारा प्रदर्शनी का आयोजन किया गया।

जिसका उद्घाटन मुख्य अतिथि लखनऊ की मेयर श्रीमती संयुक्ता भाटिया के द्वारा किया गया। अध्यक्षता डॉ लवकुश द्विवेदी ने की और विशिष्ट अतिथि देवेंद्र त्रिपाठी रहे।

डॉ शारदा सिंह ने कलाकार ग्रुप का परिचय दिया और मेहमानों का स्वागत और भाषण का कार्यभार संभाला। तथा डॉ निहारिका सिंह द्वारा धन्यवाद ज्ञापित किया। डॉ शारदा सिंह और निहारिका सिंह के प्रयासों के कारण इस कार्यक्रम में देश व्यापी समूह में देश के विभिन्न स्थानों से विभिन्न कलाकारों में एकजुटता दिखाई दी।

प्रत्येक माह में एक बार समूह की कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया जाता है जिसमें तैयार कृतियों का यहां प्रदर्शित किया गया है। इस समूह में प्रोफेसर, छात्राएं, कलाकार, अध्यापक, गृहणी सभी एक साथ काम करते हैं। इसमें शिल्पी खरे (लखनऊ), निरुपमा टंक (भावनगर गुजरात), अमिता शर्मा, अमिता विश्वकर्मा, निहारिका सिंह, अन्नू चौहान, अनीता पांडे, अंकिता शर्मा, कमर आरा, कविता, कुसुम, डॉ शारदा सिंह, डॉ प्रोफेसर रेखा कक्कड़, डॉ जयश्री द्विवेदी, डॉ अनंता शांडिल्य, डॉ आभा, डॉ कुसुम, लता गुप्ता, डॉ रश्मि सक्सेना, नेहा कुमारी, प्रीति मलिक, प्रतिभा त्रिपाठी, प्रियंका जैसवाल, पूनम पटेल, मृदुला, ममता, मीनू सिंह, मोनाली, वनिता मिधा, मौसमी गुप्ता, शर्मिला शर्मा, शिवानी, शिवांगी गुप्ता, शुचिता त्रिपाठी, रिजु बरनवाल आदि ने प्रतिभाग लिया। इस कला प्रदर्शनी में लखनऊ से आई शिल्पी खरे के कार्य को सराहना मिली।

कला प्रदर्शनी में सराही गई शिल्पी खरे

Semi abstract artist Sangeeta Babani’s Exhibition FAIRY TALES at Jehangir Art Gallery paints a bright picture of the bustling world

When- 8th March, Inauguration from  6.30 pm onwards, exhibition from 8th march to 14 th March

Where- Jehangir Art Gallery, 161B, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001.

Entry- Free

Sangeeta Babani has become a well-known name in the abstract and realism art world. Raised in Spain, this artist’s musings veer from figurative to semi-abstract depiction, surrealism to semi-realism, as the mood takes her. Babani was amongst the first to paint on cars as she does not believe in limiting her canvases only to a white paper frame. She worked with Tata Motors, BMW, Jeep and Mercedes Benz. She has held numerous exhibitions in India and displayed her work in London, Paris and Dubai and showcased an 18 feet Installation called The Lost Art. The accomplished Artist was awarded for her Contemporary work in Paris (France) in 2017.

Celebrating life’s day-to-day occurrences, culture, cities, intersections of places and time, she conjures up memories, thoughts, opinions, stories that inspire her to step into another world of colour, canvas, rhythmic strokes and storytelling.

Babani recently launched an exhibition titled ‘Fairy Tales’ at Jehangir Art Gallery showcasing different cities around the globe manifested in bright and vibrant colours. With the theme ‘Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale’, the artist aimed at creating a mood of happiness and calm.

Sangeeta Babani says, “I create landscapes and urban settings in a surreal and fairy-like manner. The images are from my visits to many lovely areas of the globe and I manifest the image with an infusion of bold and vibrant colours to create a mood of happiness and calm. I try to paint happiness because I believe art should leave a viewer with a positive feeling. My Art is all about celebrating daily life, appreciation for different cities and culture, they are expressions of scenes I thought were beautiful, intersections of places and time that I experienced and a desire to create a better World and it convinces people to enter in this new World. Through my paintings, I want to convey the message of enjoying the journey, as that’s the secret to our brief transit in the world.”

  

Semi abstract artist Sangeeta Babani’s Exhibition  FAIRY TALES  at Jehangir Art Gallery paints a bright picture of the bustling world

The Beautiful Black Invisible – An Exhibition of Paintings By Contemporary artist Jaydeb Dolui in Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 7th to 13th March 2022

“The Beautiful Black Invisible”

An Exhibition of Paintings

By Contemporary artist Jaydeb Dolui

VENUE:

Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 99324 96167 

THE BEAUTIFUL BLACK INVISIBLE

Recent work of a talented contemporary artist Jaydeb Dolui will be showcased in a solo art exhibition in hall no.4 at Jahangir art gallery, M.G. Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001 from 7th to 13th March 2022. It will be there for public viewing daily from 11 am. To 7 pm. This series is in watercolour with wash technique and elaborates the thematic relevance of Black colour and its sanctity in this world via the paintings displayed with an artistic sense and creative instinct.

This show will be inaugurated on 7th March 2022 at 5.30 pm by Mr. Nidhis Lotia, Director of Nitin Gems and Jewellery and Mr. Kumar Desai, Advocate High Court, Mumbai

Jaydeb Dolui hails from W. Bengal. He had his art education at Amragori art centre, Kolkata followed by an advanced art course at Birla Visual art 2000, Kolkata. He has so far displayed his thematic works at several art galleries and was a proud recipient of overwhelming public response and appreciation in numerous solo and group art shows. He is a recipient of many awards and appreciations from leading art promotional institutions all over the country the prominent amongst them being Bengal art Forum – Kala Ratna Gold award 2020, Nabankur Kala Bhavan – ‘Colour Wings’ Master Award 2020, West Bengal Vigyan Mandi Champion – 1998 and many more. His paintings are in proud collection of several reputed art collectors connoisseurs, patrons and art lovers in the present art world.

The present series highlights the thematic relevance of Black colour and its omnipresence in the global scenario via the desired visual effects achieved in the work using mix media and wash techniques. The so called popular concept in the public mind about Black colour and superstitions associated with it like Darkness, Dishonesty, Unkindness, Cruelty etc. have also been associated with the virtuous source of positivity as has been elaborated by JoydebDolui. This is very significant and the paintings on Lord Ganesh, Lord Krishna, Shakuntala, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Noorjehan, Evening Sangeet, Buddha etc. bear testimony to this thematic peculiarity. It depicts true devotion and spirituality, culture, Indian Mythology, Philosophy etc.   Internal Black Concept has been specially highlighted by the artist in this exhibition elaborating the justification of omnipresence of eternal power and source of positive energy associated with the same in order to produce the desired visual effects.  Evening Sangeet illustrates the rhythm and melody associated with music that spreads joy and happiness in a peaceful environment after sunset i.e. in the darkness. Similarly, Gauttam Buddha always preaches peace, tranquillity and humanity as well as benevolence to masses. Black background highlights the sanctity and relevance of this message. So also is the thematic relevance of the work on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his message for peace and prosperity to masses. Painting on Noorjehan the symbol of eternal beauty and 25th wife of Emperor Jahangir in the Mughal Empire signifies the divineness and thematic peculiarity of the royal Mughal culture & the omnipresence of the historical heritage associated with it. Painting on Lord Ganesha highlights the divine and eternal message of peace and spirituality spread by the omnipresent waves of sanctity and thematic relevance in the surroundings. This conceptual illustration of the thematic peculiarity is the backbone of these works and certainly render the expected visual standard and glory to the works. These works being very eloquent and thematically relevant often lead to a dialogue with the viewers’ resulting into their warm response and appreciations.

  

The Beautiful Black Invisible  –  An Exhibition of Paintings By Contemporary artist Jaydeb Dolui in Jehangir Art Gallery

 

The Language of Colours – An Exhibition of Paintings By contemporary artist Puneeta Ranjan in The Bombay Art Society

From: 4th to 10th March 2022

“The Language of Colours”

An Exhibition of Paintings

By Young contemporary artist Puneeta Ranjan

VENUE:

The Bombay Art Society,

Opp. Rangsharada Hotel,

K.C. Road, Bandra Reclamation,

Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 75070 22004 / 75070 99004

The Language of Colours

A contemporary visual artist from Pune, Puneeta Ranjan will showcase her latest works in oil and water colours on paper & canvas in a solo art exhibition at Gallery No.1, The Bombay Art Society, Opp. Rangsharada Hotel, K.C. Road, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050 from 4th to 10th March, 2022. It will be open for public viewing there daily between 11 am. to 7 pm. It is a collection of recent artworks made by her in the last couple of years mostly during the lockdown period.  The opening reception is on 4th March, 2022 at the venue  from 6 to 9 pm. in presence of many art lovers, collectors, patrons and all alike.

Puneeta Ranjan has a fascination for visual arts since childhood. Her first solo art show was held when she was studying in 9th Class in school. She had her education in Chartered Accountancy  but decided to follow her heart and pursued her career in visual arts instead. She has presented her works in many solo and group art exhibitions at major cities in India as well as London, Manila etc. A proud recipient of several appreciations and awards from the well recognised art institutions and museums, she actively conducts many art workshops, Online art classes, art camps , open studios etc.  She has been invited to judge various interschool state level art competitions in Maharashtra and also as a special guest at Radio One 91.1 fm on the occasion of World Art Day . She is also a well known street  artist of Pune and has contributed prominently in beautifying the city walls . Her works  have been widely acclaimed  and are found in collections of many prominent art collectors and army personnel.

The present series depict her connect  with Nature and its wonders . Her fascination for nature, stars, oceans, trees and other natural wonders are prominent in her art . She works around the boundary between abstraction and figuration and her landscapes are direct impressions of Nature expressed in pure artistic forms, mostly intuitive expressions.  She expresses  her love for Nature by transforming the familiar into lyrical rhythms of play of colours in her style by creating works that are sometimes contemplative or are joyful, whimsical and peaceful . She is also inspired by connectivity, people and travels .  Music and poetry play a significant role in influencing her thoughts .Her art comes out as a visible voice that starkly questions how we think and who we are . Experimenting with different media and working fluidly in contrasting styles she tries to constantly reinvent  herself.  Her artworks  illustrate her artistic visual impression of the world in vivid forms in her alluring and amazing style which is  not only artistic but also eloquent and mesmerising.

 

The Language of Colours –  An Exhibition of Paintings By contemporary artist Puneeta Ranjan in The Bombay Art Society

Rhythm of Marble – An Exhibition of Sculptures By Amit Singh in Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 22nd to 28th February 2022

“Rhythm of Marble”

An Exhibition of Marble Sculptures

By

Amit Singh

VENUE: 

Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm.

Contact: 98685 57523

Recent work of a young Sculptor Amit Singh has been  displayed in a solo art exhibition in Jehangir art gallery, M.G. Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001 from 22 to 28 Feb. 2022. It will be open for public viewing there daily between 11 am to 7 pm.

The present series exemplifies subtle nuances of his creative work in marble stone with artistic carvings in order to adorn them with the desired textured finesse and surface finish.  His range of art work covers Nature and its wonders, various shades of human thoughts and imaginations alongwith the spiritual visual creative endeavours.  The work mostly covers ancient Indian tradition as well as modern Indian style revealing the visionary concept of the artistic alongwith different colour tones and textures. These carvings done on Marble stone is the medium used by him for his innovative compositions and skilful depictions of the desired visual effect on them via the textural carvings and surface finishes. The various works cover Lord Ganesh in different forms and shades, various forms of human figures particularly women and their thoughtful ideas and imaginations via the vivid emotional feelings on their faces in different environments, various art forms revealing ancient Indian traditions, modern lifestyle and heritage, spiritual feelings and fervour associated with the sculptures of Lord Ganesha and other deities etc.  His works depict the elements of nature such as the roots, creepers, patterns, naturally created by the nature – forms of waves & curves etc.  The whole series Rhythm illustrates undulating forms of human figures to natural formulations in the environment.  These figures are suggestive of female figure, faces and some are commonly pierced or contain hollow space.  These semi abstraction works add significantly to the orchestrated symphony and rhythm of nature in the relevant perspectives of visual arts.  He has also presented some works here which highlight the 3D effects of creation in stone and marble.

These amply illustrate the apt visualisation of the creative artist, Amit Singh. He has also conveyed a message to the society that it is not too late, we still have ample time to conserve the treasures of nature in modern era. He carries a legacy in marble sculptures forward by creating these spectacular art work in his unique style using a skilful technique. Various artworks reveal minute details of texture carving and colour tones in the apt perspectives of visual arts.

     

Rhythm of Marble –  An Exhibition of Sculptures By Amit Singh in Jehangir Art Gallery

Polo Series – An Exhibition of Paintings By prominent artist M Narayan in Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 8th to 14th February 2022

“Polo Series”

An Exhibition of Paintings

By

Well-known artist M Narayan

VENUE:

Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road,

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001

Timing: 11am to 7pm.

Contact: 9689990099

An extremely prominent artist both nationally and globally, M. Narayan (Narayanappa Muniyappa) was born in 1967 in the small village of Mittiganahalli in the state of Karnataka. Having done his B.F.A. from Bangalore’s Ken School of Art he currently resides with his family in Pune, Maharashtra. He is an extraordinary painter using the lavishness of colours to evoke emotions, celebrations and joy. His paintings depict a zestful life and are exhibited across the globe, at prestigious avenues, art galleries, luxury hotels and more.

The Polo Series is one of M Narayan’s most beloved works, and it reflects his passion for horses. He uses charcoal and a range of colours to depict polo players and racing horses in a unique style. His life-like polo paintings transport you to the midst of a live polo match, literally!! M Narayan depicts the game’s energy and velocity with such strong expressionist strokes, swabs of opaque colours, and rough charcoal lines that one feels the energy and aura.

His paintings depicting the regal sport of polo have been a huge success, owing to his keen eye for colour and deft touch with composition.

Enjoy his lavish ‘POLO’ paintings, which display the grandeur of his remarkable talent, at Gallery 2, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India from 8th to 14th February 2022 – 11 am to 7 pm.

Polo Series –  An Exhibition of Paintings By prominent artist M Narayan in Jehangir Art Gallery

Chitralatika – An exhibition showcasing the journey of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji by Artist Ramkripal Namdeo

From: 5th February to 8th February 2022

“Chitra Latika”

An Exhibition of oil Paintings by Jabalpur based artist Ramkripal Namdeo

VENUE:

P.L. Deshpande Art Gallery

Ravindra Natya Mandir

Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400025

Timing: 11am to 7pm.

Contact: 9589017969

“Chitralatika” An exhibition showcasing the journey of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji by Ramkripal Namdeo, one of the prominent artist from Jabalpur, Madhyapradesh!

Ramkripal Namdeo has won many awards and done numerous shows in all over India. His paintings has won many records for his intricate work depicting maximum number of faces in a single painting.

This show will be inaugurated on 5th February 5.30 pm by chief guest: Mr.Ashish Rego

Vice Chairman A.P.M.A (Asia Pacific Music Creators Alliance), and guest of honors:

Mr. Basu Soni- Film actor (Kedarnath,Raktanchal etc,),

Mr. Govind Namdev – (Actor, Writer, Theater Director), Mr. Raj Yadav (Indian Express), Mr. Makrand Joshi etc will be present.

At the beginning of the program, singer Prachi Joshi will perform a song on Maa Saraswati.

Ramkrupal Namdev is rare artist, who has his unique style of painting. This Jabalpur based artist has painted Lataji & Gandhiji in a very different manner for which his name is registered by 3 famous recording institutions. Asia Book of Records, India Book of Records & Limca Book of Records, all 3 have conferred him certificates & honoured him for his unusual achievement. This is his 9th solo exhibition. He has earlier exhibited in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore & Jabalpur in solo & group exhibitions.

Now let’s write about his special & unique style. In one painting of Lataji he has painted 930 faces of famous women, who have contributed in their respective field. Collecting data of 930 women personalities with their images is itself a huge task & painting them in miniature style in background is another. Apart from this he has painted LATA letters also & Lataji’s portrait in foreground. In another painting he has painted all felicitations of Lataji by famous personalities happened in her entire  life at background & Lataji in foreground.

‌ While painting Gandhiji in same way, he has painted 230 patriots of Gandhi’s contemporaries at background & Gandhiji in foreground, trying to depict that Gandhiji was main source of inspiration for them. Here also collecting data of 230 patriots & their images is difficult task & painting them is another. He has painted all his paintings in oil on canvas medium with skill & commendable patience. There are many paintings on Lataji hence this show is titled “चित्रलतिका “. Apart from Lataji & Gandhiji artist has painted other subjects also like Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ram-Seeta, Lord Buddha, Mother Teresa, little girls & others.

 

Chitralatika – An exhibition showcasing the journey of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji by Ramkripal Namdeo

Rekhta – Solo show of Paintings By well-known artist Ravindra Pawar in Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 8th to 14th February 2022

“Rekhta”

Phrases of the Mystical Ensemble

Solo show of Paintings

By well-known artist Ravindra Pawar

VENUE:

Jehangir Art Gallery

161- B, M.G. Road

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 98191 31395

‘Living in Mumbai, being and experiencing the fast lifestyle, observing the overlapping visuals while commuting by local trains and buses of the people packed in the limited space and colors of the fabric they wear, and while going around the City – the slums, buildings, walls crumbling, rusted hoardings, scratches, walls cracks, drops of water and flow of liquid, trees, leaves, geometrical forms shapes, roads, and many other elements forms visual frames of composition and embedded in my subconscious mind. These stimulate and inspire me to draw and paint. Also, my interaction with children, juveniles, and or otherwise, their emotions, psychological and social issues, et al. are part of my subconscious memory which influences my work. My paintings are pure visual experiences that are to be seen by the viewer’, says Ravindra.

This is Mumbai and Ravindra has been living here for years, working with the Juveniles. He has been interacting with these Juveniles who have been labeled as difficult to discuss the various ups and downs of their life. I think Ravindra’s brilliant use of colours, powerful strokes, different shapes and lines, transparency, roughness has really come a long way wherein he subconsciously depicts all that he has observed and perceived through his art.

The fields of geometrical forms and colors transport one to the Color-Field Abstract Expressionist movement. The play of color on the psyche of humans is as primitive as is man, and so is the therapeutic value of colors which has a very deep impact on our minds and psychological wellbeing. Expressing through Art that which cannot be spoken heals the deeper held aspects of our emotions and traumas thereon healing the being.

Ravindra’s color palette is vivid, darks, earthy, muted, neutrals, and cool. The forms, lines, overlapping and revealing underlying colors, the powerful application of the medium, speak an unspoken narrative that has impacted him deeply and vividly. The use of complementary, analogous and monochromes to express his varying emotions and inspirations enhance the artwork evoking the viewer’s senses to indulge in the visual melody.

Ravindra’s colours present a good degree of emotion through their tones and shades while the gestures are presented by the brush stokes, breaking lines and moving forms. His, every composition has a stance, an elegance and a dominant position in the space that is suggestive in some way. Even though the artist does not ponder around a particular subject, yet the different visuals leave a deep impact of experiences only through pure visuals. Hence, for the artist and the viewer, it is an act of feeling, connecting and being impacted rather than simply viewing it

Ravindra’s visual compositions appear to be quiet, but they are sharp and energetic. His paintings are a visual poetry with a good balance of simplicity and complexity with myriad ideas, moods and feelings that his colours suggest. Despite a sense of lack of certainty, there is a great silent gesture on the surface and an unheard emotion captured through colours and abstract forms. Both of these elements have the power to define a purpose to make his work look great for his viewer.

His paintings has a different depth of colours. As he has intentionally overlapped much of the surface. I think Ravindra subconsciously tries to show it in a subtle manner.

There he is! Looking like he is embracing ‘Nirvana’. He wants to hide away a lot of memories, previous circumstances… Pain. He wants to live his life to fullest and make the most of it.

At this exact moment Rekhta comes into the picture. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle, it’s all scattered but eventually all of it fall in the right place. These various shades of colours holds  everything in place. Merging all elements of lines, shapes, shades of colours etc.

  

That’s Ravindra for you who sees all these scattered things and then goes to on tries to keep things in order, in the right place!

Chitralatika – An exhibition showcasing the journey of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkarji by Ramkripal Namdeo

From: 5th February to 8th February 2022

“Chitra Latika”

An Exhibition of oil Paintings by Jabalpur based artist Ramkripal Namdev

VENUE:

P.L. Deshpande Art Gallery

Ravindra Natya Mandir

Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400025

Timing: 11am to 7pm.

Contact: 9589017969

“Chitralatika” An exhibition showcasing the journey of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji by Ramkripal Namdeo, one of the prominent artist from Jabalpur, Madhyapradesh!

Ramkripal Namdeo has won many awards and done numerous shows in all over India. His paintings has won many records for his intricate work depicting maximum number of faces in a single painting.

This show will be inaugurated on 5th February 5.30 pm by chief guest: Mr.Ashish Rego

Vice Chairman A.P.M.A (Asia Pacific Music Creators Alliance), and guest of honors:

Mr. Basu Soni- Film actor (Kedarnath,Raktanchal etc,),

Mr. Govind Namdev – (Actor, Writer, Theater Director), Mr. Raj Yadav (Indian Express), Mr. Makrand Joshi etc will be present.

At the beginning of the program, singer Prachi Joshi will perform a song on Maa Saraswati.

Ramkrupal Namdev is rare artist, who has his unique style of painting. This Jabalpur based artist has painted Lataji & Gandhiji in a very different manner for which his name is registered by 3 famous recording institutions. Asia Book of Records, India Book of Records & Limca Book of Records, all 3 have conferred him certificates & honoured him for his unusual achievement. This is his 9th solo exhibition. He has earlier exhibited in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore & Jabalpur in solo & group exhibitions.

Now let’s write about his special & unique style. In one painting of Lataji he has painted 930 faces of famous women, who have contributed in their respective field. Collecting data of 930 women personalities with their images is itself a huge task & painting them in miniature style in background is another. Apart from this he has painted LATA letters also & Lataji’s portrait in foreground. In another painting he has painted all felicitations of Lataji by famous personalities happened in her entire  life at background & Lataji in foreground.

‌ While painting Gandhiji in same way, he has painted 230 patriots of Gandhi’s contemporaries at background & Gandhiji in foreground, trying to depict that Gandhiji was main source of inspiration for them. Here also collecting data of 230 patriots & their images is difficult task & painting them is another. He has painted all his paintings in oil on canvas medium with skill & commendable patience. There are many paintings on Lataji hence this show is titled “चित्रलतिका “. Apart from Lataji & Gandhiji artist has painted other subjects also like Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ram-Seeta, Lord Buddha, Mother Teresa, little girls & others.

   

Chitralatika – An exhibition showcasing the journey of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji by Ramkripal Namdeo

The Eternal – An Exhibition Of Watercolor Paintings By well-known artist Ashok Namdeo Dhivare In Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 1st to 7th February 2022

“The Eternal”

An Exhibition of Watercolor Paintings

By well-known artist Ashok Namdeo Dhivare

VENUE:

Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road,

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 98508 69670

As the changing forms of nature leave their reflections on a painter’s mind it begins to give shapes to them.  Really speaking, it is a just thought emerging in his consciousness; simultaneously, however, it becomes an inner conflict rooted in his mind.  A process to search for form in an object begins at the centre of an individual’s mind. This process is highly individualistic and deep but it is equally obscure.

The presence of an object in nature is stable as well as unstable and forward-moving; this in fact is an unending, ongoing process. It is the way of the world; in a way, it is the way the world behaves. ‘The Eternal’ is an exhibition of paintings meant to present this thought. It is a search for the eternal existence of the self in the brisk-paced happenings and the fast deterioration of human values taking place around us.

The progressive journey of the painter, Mr Ashok Dhivare, has been moving forward through a variety of forms and mediums like nature painting, abstract style and cityscape. The paintings in this exhibition belong to the category of ‘Nature painting.’ The artist has consciously used watercolours as a medium.

The moisture of the mind’s sensitivity and its subtlety for the moments escaped is noticeable in them in addition to a feeling of being lost. The

human images in these paintings are indistinct and unclear. The structures and leftover remains of constructions around them force us to search for the eternal. The use of time and space keeps haunting our minds as these paintings begin to overpower us by coming closer and establishing an uncanny relation with us. These paintings give a distressed call to the past and present of the fall and decay we experience inside us.

Raju Desale

The Eternal – An Exhibition Of Watercolor Paintings By well-known artist Ashok Namdeo Dhivare In Jehangir Art Gallery

Forms Of Musing – An Exhibition Of Paintings By Artist Sharmila Gupta In Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 31st January to 6th February 2022

“Forms of Musing”

An Exhibition of Paintings

By  Sharmila Gupta

VENUE:

Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai – 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 98198 67766 

At first glance, the bold patterns in Sharmila Gupta’s recent paintings and drawings appear to mark a change in direction from the large gritty paintings of tidal pools that were her last body of work. On further viewing, it becomes apparent that her familiar landscapes have become compressed into signs or ideograms. These perhaps reflect time spent in walks in the woods during the lockdown when she made a study of aboriginal bark as well as the abstract lineage of modernism. Sharmila’s new paintings light up the exhibition space. She moves easily between representational and abstract imagery, and she mixes seemingly contradictory inclinations. For example, her process is messy and engaged, but her compositions are deliberate and playful; her work shifts suddenly from somber to slapstick; she has a sincere belief in painting’s transcendent power.

The intimate, explorative body of work exposes her complex interaction with a particular place and it’s shifting transient nature. Sharmila has often spoken about rejecting the picturesque in favour of primordial nature as represented. She has found these necessary elemental motifs. At the edge of water and land, she has become immersed in the visceral experience of light, space and motion. There she has sought to bridge the atmospheric, volumetric world of matter and its equivalence in signs. Landscape thus becomes an arena not only to view the fleeting nature of the elements with its seasonal and biological cycles but also a vessel for thought and process within the context of various pictorial languages.

Sharmila makes paintings to be reckoned with. Her largely abstract canvases and wild seaside landscapes can be broody, even confrontational, in earthy dark tones. But many of these paintings sparkle with brilliant blues, and cheery greens, reds, and yellows. Darker colors crop up and provide terrific contrast. Sharmila completed her part-time course in painting from Sir J J School of Art and since then she has continually challenged herself, grappling with form in oils water-colours and collages; with space and surface in abstract painting and art history. One thing has remained constant her delight in the elemental quality of paint. She’s like a kid with finger paints, or making mud pies. She fills her canvases with smears, dollops, and grit. Her passion can’t be missed.

In her current suite of works some of her former complex spatial panoramas with their diverse vantage points and horizon lines remain. Sharmila, however, has often changed her viewing perspective. At times, she has vicariously crawled along the surface of the earth or seen things as a fish traversing water or as a bird from above or a combination of different vantage points in the same painting, a vertical panoramic space is grounded by two trees uniting land, fire, water and sky seen both from above and at the horizon. By contrast, Sharmila Gupta reveals a flatter, condensed spatial world of water patterns containing floating interactive shapes. Viewed from above, a brown form hovers over incoming and outgoing tides acting as a magnifying glass revealing particles of pollution. This pivotal form compresses the action of nature and shield shapes reminiscent of the mapping of water trails found in aboriginal painting.

Sign language becomes even more evident in small watercolor drawings that evoke musical exercises with their motifs and recapitulations of the ebb and flow of tides: times of day amidst floating objects pulled by currents. Sharmila has stated that all her abbreviations of shapes and forms come from acute observation of particular sites. Her drawings reflect these observations of a sea world with undulating patterns, horizontal and vertical lines that act as cross currents creating pulsating tensions. Sharmila subverts our expectations of space. Despite the horizon line, we appear to have a bird’s-eye view. The piece’s crackling rhythm, intoxicating tones, and the artist’s loose, playful hand make the works a joyful exclamation. These dense, expansive little nature-scapes gleam like gemstones.

Sharmila’s quest to reassemble pictorial language from a diverse painting vocabulary is no easy task. Throughout her long career she has searched for ways to meld the painterly traditions of Abstract Expressionism. Over the past decades she has been moving back and forth between both pictorial concepts, sometimes emphasizing her love of light and expressive painterly forms, other times using abbreviated signs, and sometimes managing to simultaneously employ both modes. In her painting series, she combined ideograms, patterns that interact with volumetric shapes and atmospheric moods. The exhibition shows a good introduction to her innovative merging of the physical tactile world with a formal language of signs, ideograms and pictographs, expanding the painter’s language in this time.

Abhijeet Gondkar

January 2022, Mumbai

Artist’s Statements

Myself, Sharmila Gupta, an abstract painter. My artwork includes oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas and paper.

Passionate about painting I create whatever I perceive after observing the environment around me. I interprete the cosmos of colour and form through my visualisation to express them uniquely.

Perseverance and expedition has shifted the quality of my works and opened a new realm of possibilities and offered me with a different context of painting and my relationship to it’s process.

Sharmila Gupta – Artist 

Forms of Musing –  An Exhibition of Paintings By artist Sharmila Gupta in Jehangir Art Gallery

Prabhakar Kolte – Surendra Jagtap And Ajoykaant Ruia Inaugurate Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022

The opening ceremony of the 6th edition of the Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition, showcasing over 100 artworks from 40 veteran and young artists at the iconic Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, was a low-key yet spectacular affair. Besides organiser-artist Satyendra Rane and the participating artists, the evening saw in attendance celebrated artist Prabhakar Kolte, Surendra Jagtap – Principal J K Academy of Art and Design and art curator Ajoykaant Ruia who is also the President of the Indo-Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce.

Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition is an annual cultural forum that is now in its sixth year. Known to showcase a mind-blowing variety of mesmerising artworks, this year organiser-artist Satyendra Rane has handpicked 40 talented artists from across the country to captivate your mind. Being held at the Jehangir Art Gallery from 11th-17th January, 2022, the art show cuts across media in paintings to bring water colour, oil, acrylic, pencil, Tanjavur, and collage together, and in sculptures to include works in brass, bronze, wood, stone—all under one roof. A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to Alert Citizen Forum (ACF), a government-recognised Mumbai-based NGO.

This year’s exhibit includes participation from veteran and young artists alike. “The art ecosystem,” feels Satyendra Rane, “is geared to favour established artists, and for us at Sahayog, it has always been important to fill this gap by providing a platform that would give unknown faces and talents a chance to shine alongside the known ones. We have a history of bringing forth artists who maybe from different professions but are also inclined towards art.” Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 sees participation from Adyot Rajadhyaksha, Amberhuues Tania, Ameet Pai, Anupama Mandavkar, Arpita Kolhatkar, Arpito Gope, Arvind Kolapkar, Bhagyashri Choudhari, Deepa Hekre, Dr. Shankar Sharma, Ganesh Hire, Ganpat Bhadke, Harshada Tondwalkar, Ishwar Shetty, Joe D’souza, Kariyappa Hanchinamani, Kasim Kanasavi, Komal Gupta, Monica Kharkar, Mukund Ketkar, Nandita Desai, Nishtha Jhunjhunwala, Niyati Gope, Onkar Murthy, Prasad Mane, Prashant Jadhav, Priya Kadu, Revathi Shivakumar, Sachin Kolhatkar, Satyendra Rane, Shahed Pasha, Shreela Ghosh, Shubham Kesur, Sneha Nikam, Sumant Shetty, Sunil Vinekar, Surendra Jagtap, Ujwala Kumar, Vaishali Kanade and Vidhi Doshi.

Ajoykaant Ruia, Surendra Jagtap, Prabhakar Kolte, Satyendra Rane and Prasad Mane at the Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 lamp lighting ceremony


Organiser-Artist Satyendra Rane with the participating artists of Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 at Jehangir Art Gallery


Prabhakar Kolte, Ajoykaant Ruia, Surendra Jagtap, Satyendra Rane and the participating artists of Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022


Surendra Jagtap, Satyendra Rane and Prabhakar Kolte share a moment at the opening ceremony of Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 at Jehangir Art Gallery

Over the years, Sahayog has supported various causes such as ToyBank, Konark Cancer Foundation, and Garbage Free India. This year, they have selected Alert Citizen Forum (ACF). Founded in 2011, ACF was formed by a team of committed individuals who have by means of meaningful initiatives in the fields of education, healthcare, employment, environment, relief and rehabilitation touched and transformed the lives of underprivileged communities. Their goal is to make the community sustainable, self-sufficient, and efficient through voluntary public participation.

Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 Provides Platform for Senior and Young Artists