Pratiksha Apurv’s recent exhibition highlights her journey into mysticism, writes Parul Leekha. Published in The Hindu, March 27, 2018
Contemplative creations: Divine Yogin
For any art form to flourish, creativity is an indispensable aspect. What makes Pratiksha Apurv, recipient of National Award in 2016 for her painting titled “Cosmic Balance”, a unique artist is that she draws her creativity from meditation.
With themes like “timelessness”, “living in the moment”, “transcending energy”, and “healing through colours”, the series of paintings at her recently concluded exhibition “Mystical Moments” at the Lalit Kala Akademi, was an attempt to express her inner journey as a mystic.
On the genesis of the exhibition
I kept the title “Mystical Moments” because this is my inner journey. I have tried to paint whatever I have experienced during meditation. And in those experiences, I found inner bliss as well. So, many of my paintings tell the story of my experiences. I was fortunate to have been born and brought up in a family where I was introduced to meditation as a child.
I started meditating since the age of 11. When I first heard about beyond senses, the idea amazed me. After practising it for six months, one fine day I knew my inner world totally.
On her painting “Divine Yogin”
In the past many mystic and enlightened women did not get their due recognition. I wanted women like Meera Rabia, Mallibai and Sahajo among others, to have equal space in society on par with the men. These female mystics have no temples and no large followings like those of male saints and deities. People could not understand them and hence they were not as recognised as their male counterparts. This painting is just an attempt to relocate the position of women from the margins to the centre.