Howrah to New Delhi, an artist's vision

Howrah to New Delhi, an artist's vision

Artist Uma Bardhan showcases her latest work in her exhibition, ‘Silk Route: Howrah to New Delhi’. According to the artist, her work seeks to merge her protagonists with the nature inherited by living beings. Presented by Gallery Sree Arts, the exhibition will be on display the March 30 and is quite a delight for viewers who have a taste for Indian mythology.

Born in 1945, Bardhan hails from Kolkata and is currently based in Gurgaon. She specialises in figurative paintings in water colour on silk, oil on canvas and ‘water mixable oil’ on canvas and is considered one of the very few artist who use a rare medium – water colour on silk – a painstaking process where a special silk cloth is mounted on board before it can be used for painting.

“The concern and contemplation on multiple aspects related to Mother Nature get expressed by Bardhan’s work. She weaves her protagonists, rickshawpuller, Hindu gods and goddesses, women, birds and other natural elements into visual thoughts, into strokes of spirituality as one breathes in the colours, flow with the textures and soak in The Spirit of Mother Nature,” the organisers
told Metrolife.

Bardhan completed her Bachelor of Arts, from University of Calcutta followed by Diploma in fine arts from Birla Academy of Art and Culture, West Bengal, under the tutelage of eminent artists like Makhan Dutta Gupta and Maniklal Banerjee.

From nature landscapes to figurative to divine and to abstract, covering different mediums, Bardhan’s work reveals versatility. “The work of the 69-year-old artist grasps the viewer’s attention mostly because her paintings are an expression of her inner self, an expression of joy and epitome of creative energy,” the organiser added.

The artist herself spoke about the core principle behind her work. “God is the supreme creator of this universe and I, as an artist, take extreme pleasure in reflecting his creation in their actual form,” Bardhan whose repertoire includes nature study, Indian mythology and city life, and who was drawn to spiritual art in the later part of her career, said.

Besides representing Nature bathed in bounteous colours, there is also an expression of the lives of women at rural Bengal. Being spiritual at heart, Hindu god and goddesses always remain a part of a theme which is very close to her heart.

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