A recently concluded, four-day exhibition in Mumbai witnessed signature paintings showcasing Krupa Shah’s latest in abstract art and artworks of orphans associated with the Swanath Foundation
Krupa Shah, a prominent name in the abstractionism genre, dons many hats — social activist, philanthropist, entrepreneur… Her four-day exhibition, titled Kara, at the Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba, which ended recently was inaugurated by Parshottam Rupala, Union minister of state for panchayati raj, agriculture and farmers’ welfare.
Kara was a representation of new artworks and achievements of Shah’s artistic life with the installation of her unique series, Abhiscka — The Chank, a reflection of her spiritual and emotional connect with the conch; the Aum Collection — a depiction of her creativity that stemmed out of meditation; and the Vintage Buddha Collection — portrayal of her journey into painting created as a shield against sorrow and negative energy. The highlight of the exhibition was a signature painting showcasing PM Modi’s message of ‘New India’ in line with the slogan, Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan.
Speaking about the exhibition, Union minister Rupala said, “I’m delighted to be a part of an event that holds works of abstraction set down by Krupa Shah. I’m particularly pleased to see the signature painting dedicated to PM Modi’s vision of ‘New India’. Much can be learnt from Krupa, since she has the rare artistic gift of being able to illustrate the beauty of our surroundings that we often overlook in our everyday life. Her art accomplishes this by bringing nature, divinity and imagination to the centre-stage, ultimately pulling off a difficult task.”
The exhibition also displayed a collection of artworks devised by orphans of the Swanath Foundation — a voluntary organization working for children in need of care and protection. Through a platform such as Kara, Krupa aimed at providing opportunities to young, aspiring artists and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings by these orphans have gone to the Swanath Foundation for their holistic development.
Commenting on the event, the artist said, “I’m delighted to represent ‘New India’ in a painting that reflects PM Modi’s vision to empower Kisan, Jawan, Vigyan, and Anusandhan. It also gives me immense pleasure to guide and offer a platform that serves as an opportunity to the kids of the Swanath Foundation to present their strengths and skills through art. My art exhibition looks into paintings ranging from abstractionism to realism, and everything in between.
The 4-day exhibition was attended by some of the most-talked-about Indian personalities, such as Sanjay Barve, commissioner of police, Mumbai; Kokilaben Ambani; Dabboo Ratnani, celebrity photographer; Amla Ruia, water activist; Vikram Fadnis, fashion designer; Shrikant Bhartiya, OSD to chief minister at Mantralaya, Maharashtra; Asha Khatau, famous Indian chéf; Anuradha Bhatia, chairperson, FICCI-FLO, Mumbai Chapter; and Manju Lodha, chairperson, Lodha Foundation, among others.