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Midha dedicates her canvas to Varanasi minus the men

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india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 19:05 IST

'Prakriti' is a perfect title for a painting show that features mountains and the ghats. Vanita Mirdha, who is currently showing her works in Triveni Kala Sangam, has dedicated her canvas to the ghats of Varanasi. Out of 20 pictures of her collection, about 16 describe the ancient city of Varanasi. "Anybody who has been to Varanasi will swear by the place," says Midha. Her work are on display till January 4.

Early morning is the best time in Varanasi, she adds. "The early morning holy dip in Ganges andsimultaneous chanting of ancient mantras and shlokas make it an unforgettable experience," she gushes. "The foreigners come there wearing jeans and sport shoes and leave that place claded in a dhoti and chappal. Such is the magic of Varanasi," she adds. This is her third oneman show, but not the first one to be dedicated to Varanasi. Her titled Prakriti too, but it was focused on mountains, deserts and sunset scenes.

Earlier, she painted the ghats, streets peddling scenes of and the world famous sadhus of Varanasi in few paintings, but this time she has taken it for a theme. "Every time I painted my home town, I felt I had missed on some aspect, so I dedicated the entire show to it. Still I feel I could not capture the spirit in true style," she says. Strangely enough she believes that it is place and not people who form spirit of the holy city, for she has not painted a single human being. Her works show the empty ghats and empty boats. There is only one odd picture which is not based on Varanasi. It features a barren mountain.

Midha works with mixed media. Among the acrylic, oil colours and poster colours, she prefers the acrylic paints for their brightness. She has participated in 17 group shows and has a few prestigious art projects to her credit. Presently working as an art teacher in a Varanasi based public school, she took to fine art in 1999.

First Published: Dec 29, 2003 19:05 IST