Saluting Sri Aurobindo through Art

A group of paintings were displayed to mark the 1

50th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Aurobindo

A group of paintings were displayed to mark the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Aurobindo

From a depiction of a copper pod tree in the premises of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which Mata had named the Seva Vriksha, to a view of cosmic vastness and yogic power, a slew of paintings began here on Tuesday as a tribute to Sri Happened. Aurobindo will celebrate his 150th birth anniversary.

“Homage”, a group of 55 artists from India and abroad, as part of a tribute to a multifaceted figure, works in several media such as oil on canvas, acrylic and watercolours, whose vast body of literature has an aesthetic in it. Reflections on a work of art from, and instructive to its spiritual dimension.

The participating artists included artists from Ashram, Auroville and the city, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Howrah as well as from the Netherlands and the Philippines. Among the striking exhibits were Lasse van den Dickenberg’s Linocut work and the art of Adrija Biswas on the theme of yoga and ‘supramental’ consciousness, the core of Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual philosophy.

Aurobindo’s poem

Among the cast of the ashram, Visvajyoti Mohrhoff visually interprets Aurobindo’s poem “Who”, while Prabhat Vishwas has done an acrylic work on the entrance to the ashram, symbolizing the portal of a higher consciousness to the servants of the Higher Truth.

C. Mounisamy has an acrylic on canvas frame on Puducherry as a city of symbols of the Enlightenment, such as the Ashram and Matrimandir at Auroville, Seema Muniz dabbles in watercolors to depict the “inner ear” And Gayatri uses watercolors to paint specific scenes in temple towns.

“The historic jubilee is an opportunity for followers to rededicate the teachings and begin the search for Sri Aurobindo,” said artist Kirti Chandak, founder and founder of the TASMAI Center for Art and Culture.

Auroville’s “Savitri Kala” initiative, led by artists Usha Aravind and Padmarani Vande Mataram Pressingu, contributed a volume of 12 paintings based on verses from Aurobindo’s great work “Savitri” based on the Mahabharata – Auroville has a long tradition of central banyans. From the 1980s, a group of poetry readings under the tree of K, a shared passion, led to the formation of the Auroville Savitri Study Circle and the establishment of the Savitri Bhavan.

According to the artists, “Savitri art” emanated from the sacred space of aspiration for inner and outer perfection. Here, inner perfection represents the reception of the highest essence and outer perfection represents the expression of beauty in form.

The tribute exhibition is until August 7 at the Exhibition House near the beach. Timings are from 9.30 am to noon and 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm.