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LADRO: Painting by Joy Bhaduri
LADRO: Painting by Joy Bhaduri

Bindu Shajan Perappadan

NEW DELHI: It wasn't so long ago that artist-musician-spiritual-counsellor Joy Bhaduri went looking for work with just five rupees in pocket and a small ink painting on hand-made paper in hand. So liked was his work that the art lover to whom he was referred offered to host a show of his works.

But as luck would have it, Bhaduri did not manage to sell even a single painting at the exhibition. Understandably embarrassed and dejected, he went into a self-imposed hibernation for over a week soon after the exhibition, only to learn later that a group of art lovers and buyers from outside India had offered to buy all the paintings on show. Bhaduri hasn't looked back since that first show over a year ago.

Based in Kolkata and currently hosting his first painting exhibition here in Delhi, Bhaduri brings to the Capital "Ayurdalai" at Arpana Caur's Gallery, presented by Habiart Foundation and Genesis Art Gallery. The show is open up to March 22.

"Ayurdalai is a conceptual term for the creative arts as crafted by the artist after deep research. The 27 paintings put together at the exhibition here are aimed at not just people who understand art but also for the common man,'' says Bhaduri.

"I paint for everybody, and art lovers who have appreciated my work claim that what they like about my work is the deep stillness and the sense of spirituality in it. People who like my work also tell me that they find my work `emotionally startling' and that is a huge compliment for any artist,'' says Bhaduri speaking about his work and what the visitors can expect to find in his new set of paintings exhibited in the Capital.

Bhaduri took to art as early as 1987 through music and made a mark internationally with his blues and jazz singing for a few years. However, following a meeting with Mother Teresa and a brief span of work at her leprosy centre he slipped into a complete spiritual researching phase with his arts and started working through intense practice with `Vedantic' and `Zen' disciplines.

He plans to hold shows in Mumbai, London, Germany, the United States and Italy later this year.

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