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Paintings of Persia

Laila and Majnu, Adam and Eve and many more historic lovers are among the various subjects that have inspired Iranian artist Mahboobeh Nikooghadam’s latest exhibit. Legendary folk tales and love inspire Iranian artist.

art and culture Updated: Jan 28, 2011 14:14 IST
Shweta Mehta

Laila and Majnu, Adam and Eve and many more historic lovers are among the various subjects that have inspired Iranian artist Mahboobeh Nikooghadam’s latest exhibit.

Persian Treasures, a collection of 45 paintings is currently on display in the city and showcases the Persian style of miniature painting.

“Persian Treasures is the story of Persia and all its folk tales. Most of my work revolves around the women of Iran – dancers, musicians, as well as the days of the Heart dynasty,” says Nikooghadam, who is on her first visit here. “Love is a huge source of inspiration for me. These paintings largely reflect the harmony between human beings, animals and nature.”

Fine details
Nikooghadam’s creations have been put together painstakingly with minute detailing and fine brushwork. A mixture of poster paints and watercolours lend vibrance and vitality to the folklore of Iran.

The artist narrates a tale to illustrate one of her works, adapted from the ancient musical instrument – the Chang. “It was supposed to be used in pre-Islam history, during the Sasanid Dynasty,” she recounts. “Its sound reminds the listener of the sounds of ocean waves on a calm midnight, when all other elements in nature are asleep. Along with the sound of change the player who usually accompanied with her singing songs provided a dreamy atmosphere. The harmony between the instrument and the player surpasses the boundaries of past, present and future.”

Persian Treasures by Mahboobeh Nikooghadam is on display at DD Neroy Gallery till February 10.