A vibrant Rajasthan in pastel

- September 27, 2022
| By : Rohan Chauhan |

The interplay of light and shadows on Rajasthan's architectural marvels has long intrigued Priyanka Banerjee, the artist, compelling her to capture this magic in her paintings. Her work includes references to havelis and jharokhas

“It is not too late to seek a newer world. This form Push off, for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset.” Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson.

The beautiful lines from Tennyson’s Ulysses goad the artist to venture out adventure and seek a new world full of mirth and harmony.

Once a princely state, Rajasthan is celebrated for its rich cultural heritage, which will come to life in Priyanka Banerjee’s exhibition ‘Vibrant Rajasthan’.

Her work is inspired by the rich art and culture of the state that her forefathers left behind. Rajasthan is well-known for its artistic and cultural traditions, which represent ancient lifestyles. It is full of enthralling forts and palaces that tell countless stories from a bygone era.

These forts have withstood countless sieges and provided a safe refuge for the rulers in conflicting times, despite the merciless desert winds and oppressive heat of the searing sun.

The glorious colours of the state are well preserved by its people, making it a popular destination for adventure and tourism. The spectacular Rajput school of architecture is an exquisite blend of Hindu and Mughal structural design.

The interplay of light and shadows on architectural marvels has long intrigued the artist, compelling her to capture this magic in her paintings. Her work includes references to havelis and jharokhas.

Jharokhas are overhanging enclosed balconies seen in Rajasthan’s havelis, temples, and palaces from where women behind purdah watched the world without being seen. One of her paintings depicts the golden-hued jharokhas of Jaisalmer.

Her paintings depict the serpentine lanes and bylanes of Jaisalmer, the lanes and manganiars of western Rajasthan playing the kamaicha the bowed lute, the colourful by lanes of Jaisalmer abundant with colourful handicraft items, the tired shepherd leading the herd of sheep through meandering fields, the eternal glory of majestic Mehrangarh fort, the ruins of Chittorgarh reminding of the jauhar of queen Padmini, and the converse.

When: 3 October to 6 Oct, 2022 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

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