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The phoenix woman

The phoenix woman
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It was an elite gathering, which had come to see the paintings and sculptures of the well known painter and sculptor, Renuka Sondhi Gulati at Triveni Kala Sangam, last evening. The show was inaugurated by Nishi and SC Sinha IPS (Retd), Member, National Human Rights Commission and the Chief Guests were Shalini and Sanjay Srivastava IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT Delhi, and the Guests of Honour was Neha and Balvinder Kumar IAS, Vice Chairman, DDA.

Taking off a day before the International Womens’ Day, this show celebrates the coming of age of womanhood in India as she rises back from the Ashes to claim her rightful place under the sky as the mythical Phoenix Woman. It is a depiction of a real life saga of the inner power and strength of a woman. Compulsively, what the woman holds up inside her is out on the canvas.

Renuka Sondhi Gulati paints to exist and sculpts to underline her existence. Her works vivify the journey of a woman from birth to death under going all the pangs of ageing and feeling all the bliss of maturity, and also they capture how a woman becomes a natural multirole person when she exists within the society, family and above all in history.

Her paintings are a satire on political and social systems and depict human answers sometimes through struggles and at other times through silent prayers. Unlike the paintings, the sculptures also brings forth male protagonist and at times women and men are seen as couples. Perhaps sculpture medium helps her to play around the idea of love, family, being together and physical and spiritual union.

Gulati said that as an artist she does not need to do anything else to be focussed, responsible and rebellious other than doing her works. The works, for her are the junctures of meditation and as she has been working ever since, she is in a constant state of meditation. If anything could be a meditative process, even a rebellion could bring in the same effects. Most of the women meditate with/through their silent rebellions. Out of them, some cut vegetables, some go to office, some fight at borders, some go underground, some just dream; and some women create works of art.

Renuka Sondhi Gulati is one who creates art. There are untold stories of Phoenix women all over, here is one from an artist sees no limitations and is finding the way to fly on her canvas.

WHEN: On till 16 March
WHERE: Sridharani gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam
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