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Gaga over Ganga

Dutch spiritual artist creates series of paintings on the Indian holy river, in country to donate them to Ganga Natural Heritage Museum, says he wants to contribute to help preserve it.

art and culture Updated: Apr 12, 2011 14:12 IST
Palak Singh

Thought the concept of gurudakshina was outdated? Think again. Still believing in the age-old ritual, Pieter Weltevrede, a Dutch spiritual artist, is back in India to donate his Ganga Series of Paintings to the Ganga Natural Heritage Museum. His objective is to bring it closer to its motherland as per the desires of his spiritual guru (teacher), the late Shri Harish Johari.

“My guru inspired me to start painting. He started sketching, and under his guidance and teachings, I was able to complete the series of 50 Ganga paintings that were produced between 1996 and 1998 and took over 2,000 working hours, ” reveals Weltevrede, who has been visiting India every year since 1988. The Ganga paintings that were created using ancient Indian wash technique on silk, will be brought to Mumbai first and then will be taken to Rishikesh to be preserved at the museum.

Though Weltevrede usually visits Bareli, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Indore, this time he will be landing in Mumbai to showcase Indian spiritual art on silk in an exhibition titled Tat: Twam Asi (that thou art), which is collection of religious paintings based on Indian gods and goddesses as well as real, contemporary India. The proceeds from the project will go to the Har Har Gangye Project, a new campaign to clean the polluted river that will be announced on the same day. “I feel humble and happy to be able to contribute towards the awareness and preservation of Ganga through the Har Har Gangye Project. A river so sacred and pure needs to be taken care of,” insists Weltevrede.

Catch the Tat: Twam Asi on April 14, 8 pm onwards at The Indigo Terrace & Lounge, Colaba.