The terror attacks on November 26, 2008, touched each one of us who live in Mumbai. Artist Nayanaa Kanodia, who lost at least 10 dear friends and relatives on those three days of mayhem, was no exception.
Her memories of the attacks on the city and her reflections on what the city means to her have found expression in a series of paintings that will feature in an exhibition titled, ‘A City Wakes Up Inside Me’.
“What prompted me is the idea that how callous we have become as far our cities are concerned. How we take it for granted and neglect our heritage,” Kanodia said.
Kanodia, a self taught artist barring a one-year apprenticeship with Anjolie Ela Menon, was born in Delhi but has lived in Mumbai for the past 30 years since her marriage.
“The city and its people breathe life into each other. It is a symbiotic relationship between the physical city and its people. It is for us to maintain it so that it survives for the generations to come,” says the artist who has captured the many moods of the city – the early mornings when the city is just coming alive and the leisurely Sunday evenings.
Her painting, Majestic Flora Fountain, with many of the cities heritage monuments on the circumference is a celebration of the many faiths and cultures that make this city what it is. And another — The Artist Couple — shows how different two people living under the same roof can be. In short, Kanodia’s work is reflective of the city she has made her home.
The exhibition will be held at The Museum Gallery, Kala Ghoda, near Jehangir Art Gallery from January 18 to 24 between 11 am and 7 pm.