Anjali and her art teacher Niveditha Indrajit (http://theyellowbanyan.wix.com/theyellowbanyan) created a body of work in the past six months - 30 paintings (and some more). Instead of piling them all away they decided to have an exhibition and invite family and friends.
|The last paintings in progress - Teacher and student in deep conversation|
What started as a small idea grew bigger and bigger and improved so many things around it (including some people concerned) that I cannot but bow down once again to the power of an idea, however small, however humble.
|The chosen ones|
Once the idea of an exhibition came up we needed to figure out which paintings. How many. Names. Frames. People. Eats. Drinks. Times. Dates. Prices. Systems.
|Final touches by the artist|
Places? The room with the skylight offered itself as the perfect gallery space. Where do we hang the paintings? Carpenters? Nails? Rods? Hangers? But then, does this vastly ignored room need a coat of paint, some cleaning up before it is entrusted with this huge responsibility? And so the small idea grew from the paintings and occupied the entire room.
|The artist and the guru - Anjali, Niveditha (and Vidur)|
|Anjali with her Ajji's paintings|
Niveditha, another friend of Shobha’s and an artist herself (she is to have an exhibition soon) came first. Then came Urvashi with some yummy cheese and mint sandwiches to go with the corn samosas and jalebis that were already on the table.
|Anjali with the one I bought (right above her)|
|Patron in chief - Urvashi took the flagship painting|
|Anjali explaining her art to Urvashi|
|Hands on glass|
|Hands save plants|
Another of my favorite ones. This one has history too - the lone fish representing Stella, one of the goldfish Anjali had bought, and one that outlasted all her mates.
|Stripes and green|
I loved this tiger - a happy, smiling and friendly looking chap who seems to be more poetic than anything else, going by the surroundings he is in - flowers, trees, fruits.
I liked these kids and their home and the rustic background - again happy, bright young people, loads of sunlight.
I love this one. The effect of a barren tree against snow.
And the teacher's.
A riot of color, fish with purpose and direction
|Feet that walked (Dr. Nalini Nargundkar, Anjali's ajji)|
Anjali was pretty tired by the end of it all but she kept her humour and vanished in bouts to play with her Mythily atta. It was pretty interesting to notice how she’d react to anyone who asked her what a particular painting was. She’d look at the sticker beside it and say ‘But it’s sold’. As the evening wore on the crowd thinned out, orders were taken, and we sat out in the breeze. Job well done and a wonderful experience.
Many thanks are owed to Niveditha who is a wonderful teacher, artist, art workshop facilitator and entrepreneur, and she comes up with great ideas like this mini exhibition, Monica who helped with the painting, Urvashi who got some lovely snacks and prodded the impromptu effort along whole heartedly, and all of our friends and family who got together for a fun evening. Surely there will be more such occassions to meet in the future.