Artists and celebs throng NGMA retrospective tribute to Rini Dhumal and her colourful Canvas of Life

Every artist dips his brush into his soul, and then emerges a masterpiece. This seems to be so true for artist Rini Dhumal.   The Power of Shakti: A Retrospective of Rini Dhumal  at the National Gallery of modern art speaks volumes for the artist and each of her works that reflect her strength and resilience  radiating in its  light. Rini Dhumal’s powerful works have always brought out the extraordinary  strength in the ordinary  Indian woman. Her works of art were strongly rooted in Indian culture at the same time, effortlessly embraced the influences of her foreign travels and their influence.

Her studio situated on the first floor of her residence was recreated at NGMA besides the powerful ambience for the works, thanks to the efforts of  Adwaita Charan Garanayak, Director General, NGMA who has also curated the   exhibition.

Rini Dhumal’s retrospective — Shakti is on view from Saturday, 21st May, 2022 onwards.

The preview of the exhibition was graced by Brinda Miller, Nisha Jamwwal, Sudarshan Shetty, Pheroza Godrej, Vilas Shinde, Director General NGMA, Adwait Gadanayak, PD Dhumal, Radhika Dhumal, Shashi Bansal, Kalpana Gandhi, Vinod Sharma, Madhu Sharma, Sanjana Shelat, Jayanti Rabadia, Madhusudan, Jain Kamal, Kuldeep Koregaonkar among others.

The exhibition is on view from Saturday, 21st May, 2022 onwards.

Shakti was scheduled to open in December, 2020, but the COVID -19 pandemic wreaked havoc and thus, the show was postponed by a year. Unfortunately, Rini Dhumal passes away rather unexpectedly in September, 2021. Hence the retrospective.

Artists and celebs throng NGMA retrospective tribute to Rini Dhumal and her colourful canvas of life…

शिल्पी खरे ‘अर्टिस्टरी ऑफ वूमेन’ की महिला कलाकारों द्वारा कला प्रदर्शनी में सराही गई

राज्य ललित कला अकादमी रीजनल सेंटर, लखनऊ की कला वीथिका में ‘अर्टिस्टरी ऑफ वूमेन’ की महिला कलाकारों द्वारा प्रदर्शनी का आयोजन किया गया।

जिसका उद्घाटन मुख्य अतिथि लखनऊ की मेयर श्रीमती संयुक्ता भाटिया के द्वारा किया गया। अध्यक्षता डॉ लवकुश द्विवेदी ने की और विशिष्ट अतिथि देवेंद्र त्रिपाठी रहे।

डॉ शारदा सिंह ने कलाकार ग्रुप का परिचय दिया और मेहमानों का स्वागत और भाषण का कार्यभार संभाला। तथा डॉ निहारिका सिंह द्वारा धन्यवाद ज्ञापित किया। डॉ शारदा सिंह और निहारिका सिंह के प्रयासों के कारण इस कार्यक्रम में देश व्यापी समूह में देश के विभिन्न स्थानों से विभिन्न कलाकारों में एकजुटता दिखाई दी।

प्रत्येक माह में एक बार समूह की कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया जाता है जिसमें तैयार कृतियों का यहां प्रदर्शित किया गया है। इस समूह में प्रोफेसर, छात्राएं, कलाकार, अध्यापक, गृहणी सभी एक साथ काम करते हैं। इसमें शिल्पी खरे (लखनऊ), निरुपमा टंक (भावनगर गुजरात), अमिता शर्मा, अमिता विश्वकर्मा, निहारिका सिंह, अन्नू चौहान, अनीता पांडे, अंकिता शर्मा, कमर आरा, कविता, कुसुम, डॉ शारदा सिंह, डॉ प्रोफेसर रेखा कक्कड़, डॉ जयश्री द्विवेदी, डॉ अनंता शांडिल्य, डॉ आभा, डॉ कुसुम, लता गुप्ता, डॉ रश्मि सक्सेना, नेहा कुमारी, प्रीति मलिक, प्रतिभा त्रिपाठी, प्रियंका जैसवाल, पूनम पटेल, मृदुला, ममता, मीनू सिंह, मोनाली, वनिता मिधा, मौसमी गुप्ता, शर्मिला शर्मा, शिवानी, शिवांगी गुप्ता, शुचिता त्रिपाठी, रिजु बरनवाल आदि ने प्रतिभाग लिया। इस कला प्रदर्शनी में लखनऊ से आई शिल्पी खरे के कार्य को सराहना मिली।

कला प्रदर्शनी में सराही गई शिल्पी खरे

Semi abstract artist Sangeeta Babani’s Exhibition FAIRY TALES at Jehangir Art Gallery paints a bright picture of the bustling world

When- 8th March, Inauguration from  6.30 pm onwards, exhibition from 8th march to 14 th March

Where- Jehangir Art Gallery, 161B, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001.

Entry- Free

Sangeeta Babani has become a well-known name in the abstract and realism art world. Raised in Spain, this artist’s musings veer from figurative to semi-abstract depiction, surrealism to semi-realism, as the mood takes her. Babani was amongst the first to paint on cars as she does not believe in limiting her canvases only to a white paper frame. She worked with Tata Motors, BMW, Jeep and Mercedes Benz. She has held numerous exhibitions in India and displayed her work in London, Paris and Dubai and showcased an 18 feet Installation called The Lost Art. The accomplished Artist was awarded for her Contemporary work in Paris (France) in 2017.

Celebrating life’s day-to-day occurrences, culture, cities, intersections of places and time, she conjures up memories, thoughts, opinions, stories that inspire her to step into another world of colour, canvas, rhythmic strokes and storytelling.

Babani recently launched an exhibition titled ‘Fairy Tales’ at Jehangir Art Gallery showcasing different cities around the globe manifested in bright and vibrant colours. With the theme ‘Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale’, the artist aimed at creating a mood of happiness and calm.

Sangeeta Babani says, “I create landscapes and urban settings in a surreal and fairy-like manner. The images are from my visits to many lovely areas of the globe and I manifest the image with an infusion of bold and vibrant colours to create a mood of happiness and calm. I try to paint happiness because I believe art should leave a viewer with a positive feeling. My Art is all about celebrating daily life, appreciation for different cities and culture, they are expressions of scenes I thought were beautiful, intersections of places and time that I experienced and a desire to create a better World and it convinces people to enter in this new World. Through my paintings, I want to convey the message of enjoying the journey, as that’s the secret to our brief transit in the world.”

Semi abstract artist Sangeeta Babani’s Exhibition  FAIRY TALES  at Jehangir Art Gallery paints a bright picture of the bustling world

Chitralatika – An exhibition showcasing the journey of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji by Artist Ramkripal Namdeo

From: 5th February to 8th February 2022

“Chitra Latika”

An Exhibition of oil Paintings by Jabalpur based artist Ramkripal Namdeo


P.L. Deshpande Art Gallery

Ravindra Natya Mandir

Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400025

Timing: 11am to 7pm.

Contact: 9589017969

“Chitralatika” An exhibition showcasing the journey of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji by Ramkripal Namdeo, one of the prominent artist from Jabalpur, Madhyapradesh!

Ramkripal Namdeo has won many awards and done numerous shows in all over India. His paintings has won many records for his intricate work depicting maximum number of faces in a single painting.

This show will be inaugurated on 5th February 5.30 pm by chief guest: Mr.Ashish Rego

Vice Chairman A.P.M.A (Asia Pacific Music Creators Alliance), and guest of honors:

Mr. Basu Soni- Film actor (Kedarnath,Raktanchal etc,),

Mr. Govind Namdev – (Actor, Writer, Theater Director), Mr. Raj Yadav (Indian Express), Mr. Makrand Joshi etc will be present.

At the beginning of the program, singer Prachi Joshi will perform a song on Maa Saraswati.

Ramkrupal Namdev is rare artist, who has his unique style of painting. This Jabalpur based artist has painted Lataji & Gandhiji in a very different manner for which his name is registered by 3 famous recording institutions. Asia Book of Records, India Book of Records & Limca Book of Records, all 3 have conferred him certificates & honoured him for his unusual achievement. This is his 9th solo exhibition. He has earlier exhibited in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore & Jabalpur in solo & group exhibitions.

Now let’s write about his special & unique style. In one painting of Lataji he has painted 930 faces of famous women, who have contributed in their respective field. Collecting data of 930 women personalities with their images is itself a huge task & painting them in miniature style in background is another. Apart from this he has painted LATA letters also & Lataji’s portrait in foreground. In another painting he has painted all felicitations of Lataji by famous personalities happened in her entire  life at background & Lataji in foreground.

‌ While painting Gandhiji in same way, he has painted 230 patriots of Gandhi’s contemporaries at background & Gandhiji in foreground, trying to depict that Gandhiji was main source of inspiration for them. Here also collecting data of 230 patriots & their images is difficult task & painting them is another. He has painted all his paintings in oil on canvas medium with skill & commendable patience. There are many paintings on Lataji hence this show is titled “चित्रलतिका “. Apart from Lataji & Gandhiji artist has painted other subjects also like Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ram-Seeta, Lord Buddha, Mother Teresa, little girls & others.


Chitralatika – An exhibition showcasing the journey of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji by Ramkripal Namdeo

Rekhta – Solo show of Paintings By well-known artist Ravindra Pawar in Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 8th to 14th February 2022


Phrases of the Mystical Ensemble

Solo show of Paintings

By well-known artist Ravindra Pawar


Jehangir Art Gallery

161- B, M.G. Road

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 98191 31395

‘Living in Mumbai, being and experiencing the fast lifestyle, observing the overlapping visuals while commuting by local trains and buses of the people packed in the limited space and colors of the fabric they wear, and while going around the City – the slums, buildings, walls crumbling, rusted hoardings, scratches, walls cracks, drops of water and flow of liquid, trees, leaves, geometrical forms shapes, roads, and many other elements forms visual frames of composition and embedded in my subconscious mind. These stimulate and inspire me to draw and paint. Also, my interaction with children, juveniles, and or otherwise, their emotions, psychological and social issues, et al. are part of my subconscious memory which influences my work. My paintings are pure visual experiences that are to be seen by the viewer’, says Ravindra.

This is Mumbai and Ravindra has been living here for years, working with the Juveniles. He has been interacting with these Juveniles who have been labeled as difficult to discuss the various ups and downs of their life. I think Ravindra’s brilliant use of colours, powerful strokes, different shapes and lines, transparency, roughness has really come a long way wherein he subconsciously depicts all that he has observed and perceived through his art.

The fields of geometrical forms and colors transport one to the Color-Field Abstract Expressionist movement. The play of color on the psyche of humans is as primitive as is man, and so is the therapeutic value of colors which has a very deep impact on our minds and psychological wellbeing. Expressing through Art that which cannot be spoken heals the deeper held aspects of our emotions and traumas thereon healing the being.

Ravindra’s color palette is vivid, darks, earthy, muted, neutrals, and cool. The forms, lines, overlapping and revealing underlying colors, the powerful application of the medium, speak an unspoken narrative that has impacted him deeply and vividly. The use of complementary, analogous and monochromes to express his varying emotions and inspirations enhance the artwork evoking the viewer’s senses to indulge in the visual melody.

Ravindra’s colours present a good degree of emotion through their tones and shades while the gestures are presented by the brush stokes, breaking lines and moving forms. His, every composition has a stance, an elegance and a dominant position in the space that is suggestive in some way. Even though the artist does not ponder around a particular subject, yet the different visuals leave a deep impact of experiences only through pure visuals. Hence, for the artist and the viewer, it is an act of feeling, connecting and being impacted rather than simply viewing it

Ravindra’s visual compositions appear to be quiet, but they are sharp and energetic. His paintings are a visual poetry with a good balance of simplicity and complexity with myriad ideas, moods and feelings that his colours suggest. Despite a sense of lack of certainty, there is a great silent gesture on the surface and an unheard emotion captured through colours and abstract forms. Both of these elements have the power to define a purpose to make his work look great for his viewer.

His paintings has a different depth of colours. As he has intentionally overlapped much of the surface. I think Ravindra subconsciously tries to show it in a subtle manner.

There he is! Looking like he is embracing ‘Nirvana’. He wants to hide away a lot of memories, previous circumstances… Pain. He wants to live his life to fullest and make the most of it.

At this exact moment Rekhta comes into the picture. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle, it’s all scattered but eventually all of it fall in the right place. These various shades of colours holds  everything in place. Merging all elements of lines, shapes, shades of colours etc.


That’s Ravindra for you who sees all these scattered things and then goes to on tries to keep things in order, in the right place!

The Eternal – An Exhibition Of Watercolor Paintings By well-known artist Ashok Namdeo Dhivare In Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 1st to 7th February 2022

“The Eternal”

An Exhibition of Watercolor Paintings

By well-known artist Ashok Namdeo Dhivare


Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road,

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 98508 69670

As the changing forms of nature leave their reflections on a painter’s mind it begins to give shapes to them.  Really speaking, it is a just thought emerging in his consciousness; simultaneously, however, it becomes an inner conflict rooted in his mind.  A process to search for form in an object begins at the centre of an individual’s mind. This process is highly individualistic and deep but it is equally obscure.

The presence of an object in nature is stable as well as unstable and forward-moving; this in fact is an unending, ongoing process. It is the way of the world; in a way, it is the way the world behaves. ‘The Eternal’ is an exhibition of paintings meant to present this thought. It is a search for the eternal existence of the self in the brisk-paced happenings and the fast deterioration of human values taking place around us.

The progressive journey of the painter, Mr Ashok Dhivare, has been moving forward through a variety of forms and mediums like nature painting, abstract style and cityscape. The paintings in this exhibition belong to the category of ‘Nature painting.’ The artist has consciously used watercolours as a medium.

The moisture of the mind’s sensitivity and its subtlety for the moments escaped is noticeable in them in addition to a feeling of being lost. The

human images in these paintings are indistinct and unclear. The structures and leftover remains of constructions around them force us to search for the eternal. The use of time and space keeps haunting our minds as these paintings begin to overpower us by coming closer and establishing an uncanny relation with us. These paintings give a distressed call to the past and present of the fall and decay we experience inside us.

Raju Desale


The Eternal – An Exhibition Of Watercolor Paintings By well-known artist Ashok Namdeo Dhivare In Jehangir Art Gallery

Forms Of Musing – An Exhibition Of Paintings By Artist Sharmila Gupta In Jehangir Art Gallery

From: 31st January to 6th February 2022

“Forms of Musing”

An Exhibition of Paintings

By  Sharmila Gupta


Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai – 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: 98198 67766 

At first glance, the bold patterns in Sharmila Gupta’s recent paintings and drawings appear to mark a change in direction from the large gritty paintings of tidal pools that were her last body of work. On further viewing, it becomes apparent that her familiar landscapes have become compressed into signs or ideograms. These perhaps reflect time spent in walks in the woods during the lockdown when she made a study of aboriginal bark as well as the abstract lineage of modernism. Sharmila’s new paintings light up the exhibition space. She moves easily between representational and abstract imagery, and she mixes seemingly contradictory inclinations. For example, her process is messy and engaged, but her compositions are deliberate and playful; her work shifts suddenly from somber to slapstick; she has a sincere belief in painting’s transcendent power.

The intimate, explorative body of work exposes her complex interaction with a particular place and it’s shifting transient nature. Sharmila has often spoken about rejecting the picturesque in favour of primordial nature as represented. She has found these necessary elemental motifs. At the edge of water and land, she has become immersed in the visceral experience of light, space and motion. There she has sought to bridge the atmospheric, volumetric world of matter and its equivalence in signs. Landscape thus becomes an arena not only to view the fleeting nature of the elements with its seasonal and biological cycles but also a vessel for thought and process within the context of various pictorial languages.

Sharmila makes paintings to be reckoned with. Her largely abstract canvases and wild seaside landscapes can be broody, even confrontational, in earthy dark tones. But many of these paintings sparkle with brilliant blues, and cheery greens, reds, and yellows. Darker colors crop up and provide terrific contrast. Sharmila completed her part-time course in painting from Sir J J School of Art and since then she has continually challenged herself, grappling with form in oils water-colours and collages; with space and surface in abstract painting and art history. One thing has remained constant her delight in the elemental quality of paint. She’s like a kid with finger paints, or making mud pies. She fills her canvases with smears, dollops, and grit. Her passion can’t be missed.

In her current suite of works some of her former complex spatial panoramas with their diverse vantage points and horizon lines remain. Sharmila, however, has often changed her viewing perspective. At times, she has vicariously crawled along the surface of the earth or seen things as a fish traversing water or as a bird from above or a combination of different vantage points in the same painting, a vertical panoramic space is grounded by two trees uniting land, fire, water and sky seen both from above and at the horizon. By contrast, Sharmila Gupta reveals a flatter, condensed spatial world of water patterns containing floating interactive shapes. Viewed from above, a brown form hovers over incoming and outgoing tides acting as a magnifying glass revealing particles of pollution. This pivotal form compresses the action of nature and shield shapes reminiscent of the mapping of water trails found in aboriginal painting.

Sign language becomes even more evident in small watercolor drawings that evoke musical exercises with their motifs and recapitulations of the ebb and flow of tides: times of day amidst floating objects pulled by currents. Sharmila has stated that all her abbreviations of shapes and forms come from acute observation of particular sites. Her drawings reflect these observations of a sea world with undulating patterns, horizontal and vertical lines that act as cross currents creating pulsating tensions. Sharmila subverts our expectations of space. Despite the horizon line, we appear to have a bird’s-eye view. The piece’s crackling rhythm, intoxicating tones, and the artist’s loose, playful hand make the works a joyful exclamation. These dense, expansive little nature-scapes gleam like gemstones.

Sharmila’s quest to reassemble pictorial language from a diverse painting vocabulary is no easy task. Throughout her long career she has searched for ways to meld the painterly traditions of Abstract Expressionism. Over the past decades she has been moving back and forth between both pictorial concepts, sometimes emphasizing her love of light and expressive painterly forms, other times using abbreviated signs, and sometimes managing to simultaneously employ both modes. In her painting series, she combined ideograms, patterns that interact with volumetric shapes and atmospheric moods. The exhibition shows a good introduction to her innovative merging of the physical tactile world with a formal language of signs, ideograms and pictographs, expanding the painter’s language in this time.

Abhijeet Gondkar

January 2022, Mumbai

Artist’s Statements

Myself, Sharmila Gupta, an abstract painter. My artwork includes oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas and paper.

Passionate about painting I create whatever I perceive after observing the environment around me. I interprete the cosmos of colour and form through my visualisation to express them uniquely.

Perseverance and expedition has shifted the quality of my works and opened a new realm of possibilities and offered me with a different context of painting and my relationship to it’s process.

Sharmila Gupta – Artist 

Forms of Musing –  An Exhibition of Paintings By artist Sharmila Gupta in Jehangir Art Gallery

Prabhakar Kolte – Surendra Jagtap And Ajoykaant Ruia Inaugurate Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022

The opening ceremony of the 6th edition of the Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition, showcasing over 100 artworks from 40 veteran and young artists at the iconic Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, was a low-key yet spectacular affair. Besides organiser-artist Satyendra Rane and the participating artists, the evening saw in attendance celebrated artist Prabhakar Kolte, Surendra Jagtap – Principal J K Academy of Art and Design and art curator Ajoykaant Ruia who is also the President of the Indo-Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce.

Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition is an annual cultural forum that is now in its sixth year. Known to showcase a mind-blowing variety of mesmerising artworks, this year organiser-artist Satyendra Rane has handpicked 40 talented artists from across the country to captivate your mind. Being held at the Jehangir Art Gallery from 11th-17th January, 2022, the art show cuts across media in paintings to bring water colour, oil, acrylic, pencil, Tanjavur, and collage together, and in sculptures to include works in brass, bronze, wood, stone—all under one roof. A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to Alert Citizen Forum (ACF), a government-recognised Mumbai-based NGO.

This year’s exhibit includes participation from veteran and young artists alike. “The art ecosystem,” feels Satyendra Rane, “is geared to favour established artists, and for us at Sahayog, it has always been important to fill this gap by providing a platform that would give unknown faces and talents a chance to shine alongside the known ones. We have a history of bringing forth artists who maybe from different professions but are also inclined towards art.” Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 sees participation from Adyot Rajadhyaksha, Amberhuues Tania, Ameet Pai, Anupama Mandavkar, Arpita Kolhatkar, Arpito Gope, Arvind Kolapkar, Bhagyashri Choudhari, Deepa Hekre, Dr. Shankar Sharma, Ganesh Hire, Ganpat Bhadke, Harshada Tondwalkar, Ishwar Shetty, Joe D’souza, Kariyappa Hanchinamani, Kasim Kanasavi, Komal Gupta, Monica Kharkar, Mukund Ketkar, Nandita Desai, Nishtha Jhunjhunwala, Niyati Gope, Onkar Murthy, Prasad Mane, Prashant Jadhav, Priya Kadu, Revathi Shivakumar, Sachin Kolhatkar, Satyendra Rane, Shahed Pasha, Shreela Ghosh, Shubham Kesur, Sneha Nikam, Sumant Shetty, Sunil Vinekar, Surendra Jagtap, Ujwala Kumar, Vaishali Kanade and Vidhi Doshi.

Ajoykaant Ruia, Surendra Jagtap, Prabhakar Kolte, Satyendra Rane and Prasad Mane at the Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 lamp lighting ceremony

Organiser-Artist Satyendra Rane with the participating artists of Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 at Jehangir Art Gallery

Prabhakar Kolte, Ajoykaant Ruia, Surendra Jagtap, Satyendra Rane and the participating artists of Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022

Surendra Jagtap, Satyendra Rane and Prabhakar Kolte share a moment at the opening ceremony of Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 at Jehangir Art Gallery

Over the years, Sahayog has supported various causes such as ToyBank, Konark Cancer Foundation, and Garbage Free India. This year, they have selected Alert Citizen Forum (ACF). Founded in 2011, ACF was formed by a team of committed individuals who have by means of meaningful initiatives in the fields of education, healthcare, employment, environment, relief and rehabilitation touched and transformed the lives of underprivileged communities. Their goal is to make the community sustainable, self-sufficient, and efficient through voluntary public participation.

Sahayog Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022 Provides Platform for Senior and Young Artists