I believe a work of art bears the stamp of individuality and the national bearing of its creator when it springs from inner self. Being from India, a country with an extremely rich heritage of art and culture, I have always had a deep-rooted attachment to traditional art forms of India and owe some of my stylization to the captivating traditional patterns and the rich array of colors. Adapting to Western styles and techniques, and combining them with my lifelong fascination for ethnic arts around the world, have all been a melting pot for me to create this multicultural canvas.
I got my BFA from the International University, Visva-Bharati at Shantiniketan (Abode of Peace) in India founded by the poet, writer, painter, musician, educationist, philosopher, Nobel Laureate (Literature) Rabindranath Tagore. The education at this unique university, Visva-Bharati , during my formative years as an artist, have had a profound influence on my life, mind and my creative abilities. Even after being thousands of miles away from it for more than 20 years, I can feel it's presence in my daily life. At Shantiniketan, the freedom of creative expression through songs, dance, poetry, art and an active integration of nature with man becomes the essence of living (see Rabindranath Tagore on Education).
In my everyday life, my escape, my retreat, is my creative power of Art. My work is indigenous to my inner self, and is a place of solitude, passion and contemplation for me. The final offering is the culmination of a series of wordless conversations between me and my artwork. The subject matter of my work is drawn from my own life experiences, trips, thoughts and surroundings. My art is like a journey for me through the passage of time honored techniques, traditions and influences in an endeavor to produce art for everyone to appreciate.
By now I have spent more years in the US than my own homeland. Images, people, places, corners, experiences, moments all show up in my subconscious mind more than ever. No matter how much I have adapted to my new life here and embraced everything with all my heart, that love, longing is embedded somewhere deep. And hence that tormenting question of "Belonging" comes to mind constantly. Where do I really belong? It's all about that soul-searching, a retrospection.
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