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Peacock? Nay it is Shiva and Parvati
Peacock? Nay it is Shiva and Parvati

Breathing life into a lost art form

The winter sunlight slants into the lobby of the Marriot and plays with the calligraphy of Parameshwar Raju. As a stream of water dribbles down on the black pillar it forms the background for a design of an intricate Yantra in red that draws the eye inwards with it taut inward swirl and spiral. The images, the ambiance everything works perfectly to evoke meditative spirituality. Breaking the reverie, an Indian-American drawls: “They look so Chinese.”

“Chinese? Perhaps yes if you are not in touch with our tradition and culture. While the Chinese and the Japanese do it with brushes, we do with nibs,” says Parameshwar as he defends his fondness for this simplistic art form. “When people interpret meaning other than the intended one, it can be funny but can also be infuriating as it shows the disconcert that we have developed with our culture,” he says.

“I am trying to revive the lost art form. We used to do pictorial calligraphy on leaves, about 100 years ago, the art died down. Only now we are trying to revive it,” he says.

This exhibition which shows 25 works is titled ‘Three Chariots and Festive Traditions,’ and evokes deeper spirituality of festivals other than booming crackers and flashy-glitzy clothes.

The show is on till November 16.

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