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A flight of fantasy

A flight of fantasy
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Recently artist and illustrator Sumedha Sah successfully showcased a selection of her artworks, The Umbrella Bar at Cafe Turtle.

 Udaan by Nandini Thirani Mehta is the latest in line to be showcased at the cafe, and is a reflection of the artist’s experiences while travelling to different parts of the world – Cambodia, Italy, Spain, Jordan and South India.

 ‘On my journeys I found that art, like music, brought the most diverse sets of people together. My work and perspective as an artist allowed me to build common ground and strike up conversations with people from all walks of life,’ says Nandini Thirani Mehta.  ‘The bright colours and textures in the paintings represent parts of me that I have left with the people I met along the way,’ she says.

The artist’s interest in art has been profoundly shaped by her early experiences studying under the late Padma Shree artist Badri Narayan. She had him as her art teacher in the second and third grade.

She tells how amazing his teaching style was, ‘he would tell us fascinating stories drawn from mythology and ask us to draw what we imagined when we were listening to them. At that early stage, I knew that I was happiest when I was drawing and painting.’

Her photography is hugely inspired by Raghu Rai. His work introduced her to the magical world of black and white photography. Chirodeep Chaudhari’s amazing ability to capture the essence of street life is another big inspiration.
So head on and fly!

When: 5 – 11 July
Where: Cafe Turtle, N block GK 1

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