5 October 2022
AADIYOGI SHIV – A JOURNEY IN COSMIC INDIGO
PRITHVI FINE ART AND CULTURAL CENTRE, NEW DELHI conducts Exhibition of Textile Paintings of Internationally acclaimed artist SANGEETA GUPTA from 6 October 2022 to 12 October 2022 at KALAMKAAR, First Floor, Main Building, Bikaner House, New Delhi.
The Solo Exhibition – Aadiyogi Shiv: A Journey in Cosmic Indigo will be inaugurated by Shri. Ashwini Choubey, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India at 6.30 PM on 6 October 2022.
KALAMKAAR / FIRST FLOOR / MAIN BUILDING / BIKANER HOUSE/ NEW DELHI
GUESTS OF HONOUR:
SHRI. VIJAY GOEL, VICE PRESIDENT, GANDHI SMRITI / RINA DHAKA, FASHION DESIGNER / JATTINN KOCHHAR, FASHION DESIGNER
BOOK LAUNCH: PADMASHRI SHOVANA NARARAYAN
A documentary film- Aadiyogi Shiv: A Journey in Cosmic Indigo produced by Prithvi Fine Art and Cultural Centre and directed & edited by Sangeeta Gupta will also be screened during the Exhibition.
The longest Indigo Painting on sustainable handspun Khaddar Textile – Aadiyogi Shiv which has a record with Limca Book of Records 2020-22 will be on show.
“I was in Jaipur to receive a lifetime achievement award for my contribution in the field of Fine Art on 26 December 2019 in an art festival organised by Art Fiesta. During the Festival I met Ashok Aatreya, writer and old acquaintance. We had some meaningful conversation about the indigo natural colour and dye. Just on an impulse I said I would also like to paint on fabric with indigo. On the last day of my trip Ashok took me to a work centre in a village, Ratelia, Sanganer to give me a hands-on experience with indigo. I started to paint on the fabric with dabu, a muddy paste solution used for blocks. I was excited to experience it and could really paint well. Then I decided to create a mass appeal for revival of natural indigo by making a 100 metre long painting using the natural colour and dye on hand spun fabric. That day was the beginning of a new found passion, which kept growing inside me. I thought of it all the time and awaited for the right time to start, a more favourable weather to paint for long hours”, the eminent painter Sangeeta Gupta shares her experiences on her new found passion that started actual painting on 25 February 2020 at Shilpi Sansthan, Ratalia, Jaipur and completed 185 metres in nine days. Later she returned to New Delhi and completed the work in her Studio.
“To encourage revival of Indigo cultivation, a cash crop as a mass movement to make it a commercially viable venture for farmers, dyers and craftsmen and also to encourage Print makers to apply contemporary art, merge it with traditional craft of Block Printing with natural dabu and organic indigo, I decided to paint the abstract, conceptual, minimalist painting on natural sustainable fabric with organic colour and dye,” She said.
“These works are born out of infinite, formless energy of Aadiyogi Shiv, Ardhanarishwar, the ultimate feminist.
There is no beginning, no end, all encompassing, omnipresent Shiv is present in all of us,” says Sangeeta Gupta, renowned artist, poet and filmmaker.
Sangeeta Gupta has 35 solo exhibitions, 25 published books, 10 of her books are also translated in other languages and 30 documentary films to her credit so far.