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Archana Anuj
Director 
Adharshila, Institute of Fine Arts
Agra 

 A Profile…

 

Since my childhood I’ve had a fetish for art, but only after my marriage did I get time to develop this hobby. Art relaxes and satisfies me. With encouragement from my family, I started doing more art oriented work. Soon, I developed a passion of making my own paintings.

I am really fascinated by Lord Krishna. He formed the basis of my work. I have depicted Him in his earthy form in spite of His divine nature. Most of my paintings are a portrayal of the passionate love between a man and a woman in the form of Radha & Krishna. The flute, the “love sutra”, is a symbol of the bond between them.

Nature, the foundation of all art forms, influences me greatly. It is a major element of my paintings. I enjoy exploring all media and experimenting with various forms, colours, schemes and textures. I follow my own rhythm. My paintings are bright and colourful.

Experimenting with the various techniques gradually led me to find my own unique contemporary yet Indian style. A majority of my paintings are based on earthy Indian tones. I have created a few series of paintings on village scenes and position of women in India.

My artwork shared space with other artists at galleries in Trade Fair ’11 at Pragati Maidan, Delhi, where my paintings were appreciated by Hon. Chief Minister, Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dixit. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to conduct a workshop in IIT Delhi on Clay Modelling, twice.

Presently, I run an institute named “Adharshila” in Agra. The institute has trained and directed about 3000 students in fine arts, something unprecedented in the city of Taj. Adharshila is devoted to teach art both in its present as well as in progressive form to all ages. The institute provides training in sketching, painting (both oil and water), Tanjore, Madhubani, stain glass, along with the utility artistic works.

I was born and brought up in the city of art, Kolkata. This is the city from where I got this spirit. I wish to create a work of art as a tribute to my native land.