The devotees of Shreenathji, an incarnation of Lord Krishna, have always come up creatively to celebrate their devotion towards god. Last time I was exposed to it in the form of a musical poetry at a Bolava Vitthal event, and this month the blessings came to me in the form of Trilok Prakash Soni’s mesmerising 24 Pichwai artworks; presented at the white walls of Amdavad Ni Gufa. The show was inaugurated with a lamp lighting ceremony in the presence of Pradyumna Vyas, Director of NID on October 3, 2017, and will be on display until September 8, 2017, from 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm.
The artworks are exceptionally detailed and showcase symmetrically placed subjects, which amplifies the elation of viewing it. The organisers had arranged for a special sweet from Nathdwara (the town where the famous Shrinathji temple is located). This amplified the experience of spectators at the show. Pichwai is a traditional art form that involves intricate and highly detailed art work depicting life and times of Lord Krishna. Soni is a veteran in this art form and is highly regarded among Pichwai collectors. In this collection Soni has put to use natural dye colours and real gold to embellish the paintings.
This isn’t the first time that Bhilvada, Rajasthan born artist has chosen Ahmedabad for his creative presentation; he narrated it saying “I have a special connection with Ahmedabad, especially the ‘Amdavad Ni Gufa’. Since past 20 years I have been contributing to Jain, Mughal and Pichwai style of artworks, and from past ten years I have been consistently displaying my exhibitions at the heritage city of Ahmedabad.”
Visit the art show to develop your understanding towards the devotional art form of Pichwai.
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