Since the beginning of time, humans have expressed themselves through art. Is art a reflection of the society we live in, or society a piece of art?
PG Diploma in Modern and Contemporary Indian Art and Curatorial Studies was a unique experience that allowed me to explore and learn about Indian Art within the context of International modern and contemporary art history. This course is offered by Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, erstwhile Victoria and Albert Museum, Bombay.
Under the mentorship of Mr Abhay Sardesai (Editor, Art India), I wrote two research papers: Women in Tantric Art and Bohada Masks
Among all the art forms, Tantra is one that celebrates the feminine iconography and has travelled the lengths and breadths of the world for its utter sensual and at times voyeuristic renditions – a bold portrayal of the feminine. This paper compares the divine form and the mortal form of the feminine, in terms of portrayal and perception by humans – the creators of art and society.
Theatrical performances and Dramatic representations of the religious and mythological stories have a special significance in the indigenous cultures. This research paper is a detailed documentation of Bohada Masks by the keepers of the age old handmade traditional art in a small hamlet of Bharsatmet, in Maharashtra, India.
I am thankful to this course, because of which I was introduced to Artist Amrita Sher-Gil. Learning about her creative journey and her extra-ordinary life story, inspired me to produce a Short TV Documentary – Amrutakala.
“I can only paint in India. Europe belongs to Picasso, Matisse, Braque… India belongs only to me.”
– Artist Amrita Sher-Gil
The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum opened to the public in 1857 and is Mumbai’s oldest Museum. The Museum building is one of the most important historical sites of the Mumbai. The museum’s permanent collection includes miniature clay models, dioramas, maps, lithographs, photographs, and rare books that document the life of the people of Mumbai and the history of the city from the late eighteenth to early-twentieth centuries. I worked as a weekend tour guide at the museum, doing what I know best – telling stories!
In Canada, I am currently a volunteer at Vancouver Art Gallery.