'Song of the Divine' by artist Shobha and an exhibition to mark the year of the death centenary of Ravi Varma

'Song of the Divine' by artist Shobha Broota
Works by one of India's well-known established contemporary artists Shobha Broota is on view in Delhi. The show is titled 'Song of the Divine'. The artist shows the infinity of space and the subtle spiritual side of it through her works. In her long pursuit of a fulfilling expressive and artistic conception, the artist has witnessed a multitude of changes in her subject, media and style. Shobha Broota has painted various subjects and themes, including figurative works, portraits, more abstracted human forms, the forms of birds, animals and insects as well as the different elements of nature, namely earth, water, air and fire.

The works on view titled 'The cycle of infinity (metal on canvas), 'The divine power' (acrylic & oil on canvas), Fertility (oil on canvas), 'The divine in creation' (acrylic & oil on canvas), 'The dance of light (acrylic & oil on canvas), The invisible horizon (acrylic & oil on canvas), 'The divine weave' (acrylic & oil on canvas), all have a done in soothing shades like blue have a serene touch to them.

Shobha Broota belongs to a family with rich artistic traditions; her husband artist Rameshwar Broota and their daughter Pooja Iranna and son-in-law GR Iranna are all acclaimed artists. An established artist herself, she was awarded Fellowship by Govt. of India in 1982 and Sanior Fellowship in 1989. She was an artist in residence, Malaysian Experience/Malaysian Images, Kaula Lumpur in 1990.

Her works, irrespective of the medium, are an effort on the artist's part to understand and function within the boundaries of an age-old convention that have the basic harmony or purity of the underlying reality, as of inner reality apart from mastery over the fundamental skills of geometry, drawing and color.

The show titled 'Song of the Divine' by artist Shobha Broota continues at Palette Art Gallery till November 21, 2006.

An exhibition to mark the year of the death centenary of Ravi Varma
A premium collection of oleographs printed at Raja Ravi Varma press during late nineteenth and early twentieth century is being presented by The Nehru center, London. The exhibition marks the year of the death centenary of this celebrated Indian artist.

Raja Ravi Varma was one of the first to depict Indian subjects in the western style using oil on canvas, and is often described as the 'Father of Contemporary Art in India. The exhibition is aptly titled 'Eastern values, western techniques'.

On view is a collection of different oleographs from the Raja Ravi Varma Press. Raja Ravi Varma was one of the pioneers of the modernist, figurative idiom. Working during the late 19th century, he made scores of paintings and his renditions of Indian Gods and Goddesses became the definitive portraits for millions of Indians. He blended European and Indian elements in his works He patronized the royal houses of Travancore, Baroda, Mysore and Udaipur. Raja Ravi Varma passed away on October 2, 1906.

A popular and significant artist of his time, his oleographs of Indian divinities still survive. They represent his inimitable style, paintings of Hindu Goddesses. Ravi Varma's oleographs had a naturalist treatment concentrating to evoke inner feelings and emotions rather than literal translations of the superhuman attributes to Hindu gods.

These oleographs have gone through vagaries of time. This collection on view at The Nehru center, London, till the second week of November is a tribute to the true master of the Indian art.

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