My work aims to revive and spread awareness to the ancient art forms of India. I am particularly fascinated by the Madhubani, Warli and Tanjavur art forms. I aim to bring about international awareness of these unique Indian art forms through my work.
Madhubani art is a part of a rich cultural heritage that originates from the Mithila region of the eastern Indian state of Bihar, India. Traditionally, paintings were created on the walls of huts using fingers and/or twigs. Bright and vivid colors made of plant-based dye were used. A majority of the subjects in these paintings were caricatured mythological figures and the motifs included flora and fauna. In recent times, however, artists have used fabric or paper to depict this art form. I like to use smooth or textured paper and Bombay/ Calligraphy Ink and different varieties of nibs.
A stark contrast to the Madhubani art form is Warli art, which originates from the villages of the state of Maharashtra, India. The elements and the medium used in this art form are very simple, yet the impressions created speak volumes and provide a rich insight into the day-to-day life of Warli tribes in rural Maharashtra; tribal dances, social and cultural events, people, flora and fauna. Simple geometric shapes - circles and triangles are used throughout the paintings. The colors used in Warli art are predominantly red or brown for the background and white paint prepared by using rice paste and water for the characters. Traditionally, the Warli artisans painted on the walls of their huts. I personally like to use paper (both smooth finish as well as textured) as the medium and black, white or metallic colored acrylics for the paints.
Both Madhubani and Warli art depict themes that are close to nature. These styles of paintings have spread their color all over India and are gaining popularity abroad. My vision is to explore the fusion between these and similar art forms in the context of the Western world. The impressions created have infinite potential.