Hi all !
It’s me Amruta…standing ramrod straight ..
Proudly listening to the strains of Tagores
NATIONAL ANTHEM….yes all 52 seconds of it…
And prouder than ever TODAY of the INDIAN CONSTITUTION …
Today I discovered that apart from the fact that the Indian Constitution is the LONGEST in the whole world ( Monaco has the shortest while the UK , Israel and NewZealand don’t have any !)…..
it is also a WORK of ART!
The CALLIGRAPHY is hand painted .. by Prem Raizada
And the ARTWORK …creative and decorative ….dug out from Indian History is
done by India’s most gentle and modest artist ..
Pronounced…NONDO LAL BOSHU… !
Here he is ..
( Jawahar lal Nehru asked him to!)
Wow! Wow! Wow!
Look at his Paintings..
You will understand why !
By the Stupa of Gaya
By the temples of Mahabalipuram ..
And ALL that was INDIAN!
An AMALGAMATION of watercolours and techniques magical !
His subjects were often Religious or Mythological…
Or indigenous ..
exploring themes around him.. the bangle seller, the village potter ,the Esraj player, the humble cow..
He could paint and he could draw masterfully!
Master PAINTER and DRAUGHTSMAN !
What’s the difference Amruta..??
Painter and Sketcher….
Everyone CANNOT do BOTH Twinny!
He used indigenous materials …water colours and opaque pigments like tempera..
Eschewing Oil which was used in the west..
Japanese ‘ WASH ‘
And the 2000 year old INKWASH painting tradition rooted in
SUMI … such a pretty name Amruta …
What does it mean??
SUMI -e means ink wash painting ! Black ink is used with consummate skill .. on
Rice paper or silk scrolls ..
One paints with great concentration, clarity and simplicity
Look at these pictures Twinny .. SUMI-E is not as easy as it seems …
Oh Twinny .. I simply love this art …..Especially the
What do you love in EMPTY spaces
Oh Twinny ..Empty spaces say so much ..!
They have power within!
Take this Japanese SUMIE painting for example ..
You can feel the MOVEMENT of the fish in water despite there being no water… just empty space…
The linocut shows Gandhi ji striding forward and onward ..staff in hand..
We see no path , no road ..but we FEEL the sense of purpose!
Indeed it is
the EMPTY SPACES which speak Twinny!
I get it Amruta !
I am going to RESERVE some EMPTY space for myself ..
Do just as I please…
Even in a temporarily vacant parking lot!
Enjoy your ☕️!