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The serenity of strokes

While colours were always a vivid part of her life, a canvas to showcase her grace was amiss. The credit, as in various cases, was the lack of courage — she didn’t let the world know; her colours remained limited to private corners of her house for ten long years. Chandigarh-based artist Bani Doabia, 40, has finally gathered the courage to exhibit her work, that too at a rather unusual venue.

brunch Updated: Jul 27, 2013 10:18 IST
Navleen Lakhi

While colours were always a vivid part of her life, a canvas to showcase her grace was amiss. The credit, as in various cases, was the lack of courage — she didn’t let the world know; her colours remained limited to private corners of her house for ten long years. Chandigarh-based artist Bani Doabia, 40, has finally gathered the courage to exhibit her work, that too at a rather unusual venue. Feast your eyes on Bani’s work, set against the pristine white backdrop of Virgin Courtyard, Sector 7.


Named The Journey Inwards: A Soul Searching Traverse, Bani says her courage came from Buddhism, of which she has been a follower for the past year.

About the exhibition, she says, “My debut exhibit is inspired by the path human revolution takes to evolve into the Buddha state. Being a self-taught artist, the philosophy of Buddhism has given a strong impetus to my passion, which lay dormant in my life. Art is a spiritual medium of connecting with one’s inner being. Hence, this path became a journey of awareness and rediscovery of my inherent potential, through the medium of art.”

Five of Bani’s works are also on exhibit at the Kasauli Club, besides various other private venues. “I look back on all those years I spent painting modestly—I just kept making paintings for people I knew. Recently I realised that acrylic is my medium and I should showcase it. My canvas conveys the tranquility, energy and the immense power of Buddha, which does not overpower the serenity of Buddha’s life. These are the series of works that depict the journey that a spiritual mind undergoes, keeping in mind the three basic elements of the universe—earth, water and fire,” says she. Bani plans to take the same exhibition to Delhi in the near future.

VC’s art initiative

Virgin Courtyard, Sector 7, Chandigarh, known for its delectable food and ambience, has extended a hand to promote art in the city. Creating a brand new space and address for artists, art lovers and appreciators, the restaurant is now open for art showcases and exhibitions.