in the presence of Gandhiji’s great granddaughter, Sukanya Bharatram (also C Rajagopalachari’s great granddaughter), and Lavina Baldota of The Baldota Foundation and Swar a Bengaluru based platform for artists, an innovative and creative tribute was offered to the Father of the Nation , Mahatma Gandhi – The life, The legend, The legacy, the city through ‘Swar Santati’ a beautiful showcasing of voices in art, culture and literature, irrespective of their origin or medium. The exhibition has been organized at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in collaboration with Lavina Baldota (the Baldota Foundation) and Swar, a stage where all participating artists are given their own opportunity, their own voice, and their swar.
Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of swaraj was that of a land of equal opportunities. He believed in the true growth of individuals if they are given suitable chances in a fertile and free environment, sensitive to the rhythm of being. Santati is a sequence that does not break, an infinite loop, a continuum. Through his seamless, sleepless journey from Gandhi to Mahatma, this visionary radiated, imbibed and left behind messages in mindful living, messages bare in their truth, messages that move in the concentric rings of time, holding within them the power to overturn the world.
Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
Date: January 31 to February 9, 2020
Some truly interesting exhibits were put up by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi: Cultural Archives : Pictures and Paintings. The sheer range of representation is noteworthy and is carefully preserved with the IGNCA – Cultural Archives. The paintings and pictures reflect the life, journey and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The collection includes: Elizabeth Brunner, DRD Wadia, Sunil Janah, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Shambhu Shaha.
Gaurang Shah: Textile Designer: Gaurang Shah interprets iconic paintings of artist Raja Ravi Varma as hand woven visuals on saris, hand spun in khadi. The focus of his work revolves around the swadeshi movement.
Gaurav Gupta: Couturier: Gaurav Gupta’s installation is an ode to Mahatma Gandhi inspired by his heartbeat, his search for Truth and the infinite quality of his message.
Jean François Lesage; Couture Embroiderer: Lesage transfers handwritten letters of Mahatma Gandhi and the route of the march to Dandi on to khadithrough couture embroidery.
The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
The Foundation lends lithographs from artist Raja Ravi Varma’s repertoire. The visuals of these paintings transferred on to pallus of khadi saris by textile designer Gaurang Shah have been inspired by the same.
The exhibition will also have performances by renonwned artists in music, dance and literature throught out its duration from January 31st to February 9, 2020.
Do catch this very special event!