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BASERA

"Dwelling is not primarily inhabiting but taking care of and creating that space within which something comes into its own and flourishes." Martin Heidegger

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Where they dwell is a sanctuary.

World may rustle up a storm
yet they hear its whisper of safety.
Nothing is more sacred
than its oath of bliss,
and their hope of prosperity.

Dwelling is a place of intimacy;

Where a murmur of touch is encouraged,

Where lessons in love are embraced,

And

Where secrets of life are shared.

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They lie on their earthly dwelling.
 

Winds rustle through them noisily,
clouds bedew them with showers, 
snow and frost hardens them,
feet trample them mercilessly.
Yet, they lie there; 'coz it is their dwelling!

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Medium: Watercolor on treated paper. (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

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DWARA

"Every doorway has a story."  - Katherine Dunn

'Dwara' or Doorway: A closeup series of rural doors in India. The series symbolize the enigma of the intricate door knockers and the perfection in their uniqueness. They hold hope and mystery of the unknown that await on the other side of the colorful doors.

The Turquoise Dwara

 

 

Every street in Rajasthan, India has a turquoise door. It  is a Brahmin (priest) house.

The Vermillion Dwara

Vermillion a reddish hue speaks a singular story in Rajasthan. It is a house that brags of boring sons.

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The Patina Dwara

Almost every home in Rajasthan,India is painted in this hue to ward off the evil eye.

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A door-knocker always reveals the character of the house it belongs to. It often has the power to hold the intrigue of the visitor a moment longer and can even charm a passerby into stopping at the threshold.

Medium: Watercolor on treated paper. (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

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UTSAV

"Life is a celebration, enjoy it well." - Uraj Shahid

'Utsav' or Celebration: The series symbolize the spirit of delight, merriment and pleasure of any festival in life. Utsav comes from the word "ut" means "removal" and "sav" means "worldly sorrows".  

Music

Sound is all around us and the movement of sound is music. Celebrate music and let it reach your soul.
 

Energy

Passion is energy. Energy is the essence of life. Celebrate energy by enjoying life.
 

Rythm

Where there is rhythm there is life, and where there is life there beats a pulse. Celebrate rhythm by keeping up with the beat.
 

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Medium: Oil pastels on treated paper. (2017)

 

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JANWAR

"Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural." Trisha McCagh

'Janwar' or Animal: Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that.  A series of closeup watercolor paintings of animals that are part of traditions, culture and life in India.

The Piquant Peacock

He’s but a shimmer of plumes and feathers -

A kaleidoscope of colors that seduce our eyes.

The Loyal Camel

She is a lovable giant. You’ll be surprised at her gentleness and her willingness to obey and trust.

The Brisk Buck

The moment he sees us, a look of alarm comes into his beautiful brown eyes, and in flash it darts away at full speed.

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Medium: Oil pastels on treated paper. (2017)

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NAKSHA

"Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." - Junichiro tanizaki

'Naksha' or Patterns: An abstract series of popular patterns on traditional weaves of India in seasonal colors. Life is a series of experiences in different colored patterns.

Spring Ikat

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Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. (2017)

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PUSHPA

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature"  - Gerard De Nerval

Pushpa or flower: A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms. Anywhere.

Rudraksha flowers

They grow in the area from the Gangetic plains in the foothills of the Himalayas. The seeds are traditionally used for prayer beads. 

Medium: Oil pastels on treated paper. (2017)

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