'Mystical Moments'-A Series of Paintings by Pratiksha Apurv
Lalit Kala Akademi, March 18, 2018, 5:00PM
Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha
Pratiksha Apurv, a well known contemporary national award winning painter and niece of spiritual master Osho, will be showcasing her 'Mystical Moments' series of artworks at Lalit Kala Akademi. Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha Smt. Sumitra Mahajan will inaugurate the exhibition in the august presence of other well known dignitaries. The paintings narrate stories of a seeker’s life on the canvas, revealing eternal truths embedded within the Sutras of our spiritual and mystical tradition and the science of meditation.A regular columnist for various publications, Pratiksha’s first book ‘The Mystic and Her Colours’ will be published soon.
‘Mystical Moments’ explores the vast range of subjects with lyrical expression. One such work, 'Beyond Senses' Oil on Canvas, touches the interesting aspect of our life-five senses- that we have been told about since the childhood. This painting is an attempt to convey that our journey must not ignore the inner world that exists beyond senses. We do not need to destroy the senses but create a balancing act by re-directing them to inner world that would take oneself beyond the senses. The silence and stillness blended in the colors on canvas evokes a sense of mystical moments, here and now.
In a historically unprecedented occasion in Indian art arena, 'Mystical Moments' series was first showcased at Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum inaugurated by then President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister NarendraModi on July 25, 2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated Pratiksha’s solo show titled ‘Spiritual Odyssey’ in Ahmadabad, Gujarat in 2010. The Prime Minister had said: "In Pratiksha's paintings one can see confluence of Knowledge, Sanskar, Meditation and art. She belongs to a family, which has given a new dimension to humanity. After all Osho too asked to transform our self and welcome madness to create something. We have been waiting for her creations. I really feel thankful.”
The series have much more to offer including paintings on seven energy centres, the devotion and love of Meera, wisdom and compassion of Buddha, truthfulness of Nanak and divinity of Kabir and Krishna. She is also sharing the vision and message of Sufi mystics, Yoga guru Patanjali and concept of Shunya (void) which in general terms is described as which cannot be conceived. It can also be called emptiness, which has no shape. Interestingly, the ‘Mystical Moments’ also has message from women mystics, who have struggled to find mention in the modern history.
Pratiksha says, “Since in our society, the women sages have seldom to find their place, I decided to paint the blissful being and vision of mystic Rabia, Mallibai,Dayabai, Sahjo and many others, who are just like pure reservoir of love and divinity. The colours are drowned in existence and appears on the canvas with subjects like ‘Awareness, Timelessness,Living in Moment, Devotion, Yoga, Tantra, Hypnotism, consciousness, Transcending energy, Receptivity, Liberation, Transcending Light, Witnessing, Healing through colours, Seeking, balance between inner and outer growth. Simply, these paintings are alphabet of love and I just want to share them with people and spread it all over like the fragrance of meditation in the winds.”
Splendour of Compassion, one of her paintings of ' Mystical Moments' series describes the 'Karuna' through Avlokiteshwara who with several heads, eyes and hands ensures watch on people suffering and requires immediate help. In Buddhism, Compassion or Karuna is described as a seed that is born out of deep meditation and its flourishing is important to attain ‘Bodhisatva’. Mahayana, a school of Buddhism, which emphasises Buddha's life, focuses on feeling and compassion. Mahayana Sutra says a seeker - Bhikshus and Bhikshuni's - must recite the mantra and bring forth a heart of kindness and compassion for all living beings.
“I believe everything comes from that meditative energy. When I put the brush to canvas, I’m totally into it. The outer world doesn’t matter to me at all. I don’t need to see the greenery, hills or sea to paint. I do not find the process as technical but liberating, a process of decoding the hidden treasure,” said Pratiksha.
‘Mystical Moments’ also has a set of three paintings on Tantra – Eternal Orgasm, Mahamudra and Synchronicity- visually depicting the sexual energy and its inner journey that goes beyond the mind.
Pratiksha’s 10 paintings titled ‘Divine Art’ were selected for ‘Soul of Asia’ section of 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)in 2013 in Goa. The show was inaugurated by the Hollywood star Susan Sarandon.
Susan Sarandon praising Pratiksha’s work said “In the long history of art there have been quite a few definition of contemporary paintings and its purpose in our life. The most surprising are the one’s that tells us the story of inner journey by opening up a huge cache of subjects and supplementing the revelations on canvas with spiritual experiences in life. When I met Pratiksha at the International Film Festival of India in Goa in 2013, I was delighted to see the breathtaking candour of her personality and its reflection on her paintings.”
About the Artist
Born in Gadarwara, Madhya Pradesh on February 26, 1964. Pratiksha initiated herself in Sannyas at the age of 11 and started living with her family in her Uncle’s (OSHO) commune in Pune Maharashtra. She has successfully exhibited 11 solo shows of her works across the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Chandigarh. Pratiksha won the National Award 2015-16 for her painting titled 'Cosmic Balance'. The Award was given by Lalit Kala Akademi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India in Lucknow in March 2016.
For more information, visit –www.pratikshaapurv.com
The exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi will continue till March 24, 2018 between 12:00 noon to 8:00pm