Coming from India, a country with an extremely rich heritage of art and culture, I have always had a deep-rooted attachment to it's traditional art forms. 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 a multicultural canvas.
I spent 5 formative years during my BFA at 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, shaped my artistic personality forever. At Shantiniketan, the school's visions of love of nature, freedom of the mind, heart and will and enrichment of Indian cultures through the Arts all became part of me (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 here than my original homeland and my work reflects visions and experiences from this world. Images, people, places, corners, experiences, moments from my origin always keep showing up in my subconscious mind. No matter how much I have adapted to my life here and embraced everything with all my heart, that love, longing for the roots is embedded deep somewhere. And hence that question of "Belonging" comes to mind constantly. Where do I really belong? My ongoing search for the answer melds through my art.
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