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BLUE LOTUS

The specific moment of the vastraharan shown here is for me the definitive of Draupadi and her strength where even the mighty Pandavas are helpless. The pinch in the hair is symbolic of her hair held by dushyashan, while the blue is symbolic of purity as has been the case since the renaissance with the Virgin Mary shown in blue. Draupadi is also said to emit the perfume of a blue lotus from her body and hence the title blue lotus.  The blue has been applied in almost one bold brushstroke. This a first in my continuous black and white series of figures where I have introduced colour. Draupadi being dusky and dusky complexion generally being associated with beauty in our native culture sits well with the black and white treatment. Draupadi is a strong female character that has multiple layers and requires a detailed reading of the epic itihasa poems to understand.

 Dimensions 

24 in x 30 in

 Medium 

Acrylic on canvas

Fundraiser price

INR 70,000  |  USD 970

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SYMPHONY IN BLUE

Done from the visits on the peripheral rural geographies of pune, this work is among the semi abstract landscapes that have been doing for more than 12 years. The blues and greys of the evening and the near still reflection on the water are a contemplative motif,one that tries to evoke the sublime.

 Dimensions 

24 in x 30 in

 Medium 

Acrylic on canvas

Fundraiser price

INR 70,000  |  USD 970

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SWAY

 Dimensions 

24 in x 30 in

 Medium 

Acrylic on canvas

Fundraiser price

INR 70,000  |  USD 970

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EQUAL 
& OPPOSITE

 Dimensions 

24 in x 30 in

 Medium 

Acrylic on canvas

Fundraiser price

INR 70,000  |  USD 970

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APSARA ALI

 Dimensions 

24 in x 30 in

 Medium 

Acrylic on canvas

Fundraiser price

INR 70,000  |  USD 970

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Aditya Shirke

With a Masters in Fine Arts from the UK  and graduation in drawing and painting from Pune, Aditya has also won numerous awards for his works. Notable among it is his hat trick at Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation awards where he also got the gold medal. He has also served as an art critic and expert for the Mumbai-based foundation.  He has been regularly showing his works since 2008 in various curated and juried shows. Commissioned by the PMC at the smart week to make a public installation on the Pulwama attack at FC Road. He has recently stepped into curating as well and was invited by the Goethe Institute/ Max Muller and Monalisa Kalagram to curate 2 shows.His series on racehorses has been well appreciated, along with his figurative and experimental works.