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Da Vinci comes to life in modern India
Inspired by da Vinci, Hindu artist explores the Last Supper themeMadhvi Parekh, with a painting from her 'Last Supper' series
- Julian S. Das, Kolkata
- February 23, 2011
â€śI was deeply inspired byÂ Da Vinci's painting, and itsÂ detail, and wished to recreate it inÂ an Indian context,â€ť Madhvi Parekh, 69, said.
Da Vinci took four years to completeÂ his one painting, but I took just three monthsÂ to doÂ all mine, she claimed.
Parekhâ€™s works are currently on display in a February 19-28 exhibition at the chapel of Bishopâ€™s College in KolkataÂ . She said she intends to stageÂ similar exhibitionsÂ in other cities.
The artist, who hails from Gujarat, said she followed Mahatma Gandhiâ€™s example of reading the Bible and was attracted by Jesus' story.
With no formalÂ education in art, Parekh started painting 45 years ago, but herÂ interestÂ in biblicalÂ themes only startedÂ in 2006.
â€śAlthough many have done paintingsÂ about the Last Supper, IÂ also wanted to present myÂ interpretation of what wasÂ a significant moment in the life of Jesus,â€ť she said.
Parekh said the paintings have given her peace and she hopes to work on two more themes: the laying of Jesus in the tomb, and the Resurrection.
She said she had seen churches alongside mosques in the Holy Land. â€śSo the backdrop toÂ myÂ 'Last Supper' series were temples and mosques,â€ť she explained.
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts in Kolkata, Â with whom Parekh has had close links for the past 30 years,Â helped organize the exhibition.
â€śWe wanted the exhibition in a chapel or a church, so that people can pray and meditate with these paintings and drawings,â€ť Naveen Kishore,Â a foundation memberÂ said.
Art fans seem to like the artist's work.
Parekh has â€śblendedÂ Christian symbols cleverly withÂ IndianÂ ones,Â which is so very innovative,â€ťÂ art connoisseur Kalyan Mukherjee said.
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