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My journey in art began through a series of dreams I had, wherein I ended up scribbling lines and forms over reams of paper. The lines I drew were in pen and ink,a medium I have enjoyed ever since.I am self-taught and self-inspired,as I did not think it was necessary to go to an art school to learn art.This has given me a distinct identity allowing me to grow in my original style. It is all about competing with oneself - I versus I.

My first collection was on the monuments of Delhi, a city where I grew up. I drew inspiration from my fascination for architecture and a crumbling Mughal tomb I used to see through my window day after day. The exhibition-The Past Redrawn-was held at The India Habitate Centre in December 2000.

My passion for designs, structure and style, led me to the roof of the world-Ladakh. The second collection-Ladakh in Silent Lucidity- was the outcome of several visits to old monasteries (nearly stayed back in one!) and a deep understanding of the values and tenets of Buddism. This too was exhibited at The India Habitate Centre in 2001.

Soon after my second collection, there was a major change in my thinking -from monuments, to the power of hope,the ability to transcend our daily sufferings, because there is hope waiting outside for each one of us.So naturally there was a distinct shift in my art from structure to humans. This view of life was responsible for the third collection-Hope, which was displayed at the Jamaat Gallery in 2004, in Mumbai, where I now live.

It has been two years since 'Hope', and now I must move ahead.The notion of hope and life in Mumbai has made me realize that life must have a higher purpose, a purpose that goes beyond money and power. And each one of us must seek our purpose by giving meaning to life.However, the search is endless as there are no easy or right answers. My fourth collection seeks questions and answers to this enigmatic facet of human life. The collection -'Meaning?'-is in Pen&Ink and in Pastel pencil.

 

 


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