There is extra to the ‘panchkanyas’ portrayed by Bengaluru-based Jay Verma in his solo debut than meets the attention

There is extra to the ‘panchkanyas’ portrayed by Bengaluru-based Jay Verma in his solo debut than meets the attention

Exiled princesses, desolate damsels, long-suffering wives — the epics describe them, their plight and the way they finally rose above their destiny, making them wonderful function fashions for going through adversity. Bengaluru-based artist Jay Varma has modelled his solo debut titled, ‘The Primacy of Five’ on the panchkanyas.

According to conventional knowledge, reciting the names of the ‘panchkanyas’ dispels sin. For Jay, the ‘panchkanyas’ are manifest in every residence and circumstance, “There are shades of these 5 ladies in every ladies as we speak and therefore, this exhibition is a tribute to all ladies, it’s a celebration of womanhood,” says the artist.

Artist Jaygopal Varma

Artist Jaygopal Varma
| Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

“The concept to color the panchkanyas was half of a bigger, overarching theme in which I used to be planning to seize vital ladies of Indian mythology. I had a possibility to execute one piece — Damayanti in the Forest — which acquired me began on this collection of 5 work,” says the artist, who believes there’s scope for extra canvases as, “there are numerous ladies in our epics who need to be dropped at the fore.”

A fifth technology descendent of the legendary artist, Raja Ravi Varma, Jay says his work will not be solely homage to his illustrious forefather, but additionally to his great-grandmother who was the final queen of Travancore, and his mom Rukmini Varma, a longtime artist herself.

“My introduction to the epics and my appreciation for them was as a result of of my nice grandmother. Everyday, she would sit me down and inform me these tales in nice element to the extent I virtually thought I used to be one of the characters from these tales myself,” Jay reminisces.

He fondly remembers the sturdy ladies in his household who made an affect on his life. “My grandmother was at all times smiling, at all times in a great temper. She was a strong-willed girl too, who wouldn’t baulk below strain. Similarly, my mom was additionally an enormous affect in my childhood. These sturdy ladies influenced me and nonetheless proceed to take action.”

Executed over the previous one-and-half years, the 24 inches X 30 inches canvases in this collection have the principle topic taking on most of the main target. “The background for Ahalya got here from my very own creativeness, however for Draupadi who has been depicted in a palace balcony, I relied on references for the marble texture on the pillars and cornice work though the design of these architectural components have been my very own,” says the artist, whose niece posed as Sita, Tara and Mandodari for him.

‘Swarnathamana’ by artist Jaygopal Varma

‘Swarnathamana’ by artist Jaygopal Varma
| Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

While Jay believes figures are the top or epitome of oil portray, he does love to color landscapes, nonetheless lifes and portraits. The exhibition options 13 canvases that embody portraits, in addition to three different work in a half-finished stage accomplished from life, and have been created utilizing oils, graphite and colored pencils.

Jay recounts the story behind an outdated Kerala Brahmin family he visited. “Legend has it that Shankaracharya was visiting a poor family and the woman of the home didn’t need to ship him away empty-handed, so she went to the yard and picked a handful of gooseberries for him. Appreciative of her gesture, Shankaracharya chanted a mantra and it started raining golden gooseberries. Since then, that household has by no means been in need.”

Called Swarnathamana (swarna = gold, mana = residence in Malyalam) to at the present time, Jay has captured a portion of that residence’s open courtyard in a canvas of the identical identify. “I’ve truly tried to infuse the colored pencil drawing with a golden hue,” he says, hoping his works will give viewers an concept of his oeuvre.

Currently on show at GalleryG in Bengaluru, the exhibition could be seen on www.galleryg.com or Google’s Arts and Culture web page below Jaygopal Varma.

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