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Worship on canvas

For Delhi-based artist Parul Arya, art is about human devotion and manifestation of certain beliefs.

art and culture Updated: May 29, 2010 00:52 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

For Delhi-based artist Parul Arya, art is about human devotion and manifestation of certain beliefs. An artist for the past decade, Arya’s biggest inspirations are nature and objects of prayers, both of which encouraged her to showcase her art work. Her exhibition, A Matter of Faith, depicts the various forms of worship.

Through her 13 paintings, the artist has portrayed different types of rituals such as offerings to the sun, taking a bath in the holy river and tying bells on the trees to make a wish.

“Some of the rituals that I have painted are very popular, but some are really unknown — for instance the tying of the Tibetan flags on trees to get rid of the evil spirit”, says the artist.

“A few of my paintings are even a satire on the various beliefs people have —a boy dressed as Shiva is not offering any prayers to the god, instead, he is out to earn some alms for himself”, adds the artist.

It is the painting titled Bhagwan ki Dukaan that the artist feels has a new and a different dimension to it.

“Once on a trip to Rishikesh, I came across a very beautiful shop selling idols of Hindu gods. In my painting I have recreated a shop like that. So, again, the buying and selling of holy images and pictures is also a way of devotion for many,” she says.

All the paintings are priced between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 15,000. The exhibition is on till June 6 at Triveni Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, Mandi House. Timings 11am to 7 pm.