Tārā: 21 Avatars of the Goddess
~ Splendid art exhibition Tārā 21 avatars of goddess Tārā curated by Arjun Sawhney, Tania Lefebvre & Sharan Apparao Unveiled in Delhi~
New Delhi, November 11, 2016: Curators Arjun Sawhney, Tania Lefebvre & Sharan Apparao in collaboration with Master Buddhist artist, Zeiko hosted a preview evening on November 10, 2016 unveiling the art exhibition Tārā: 21 Avatars of the Goddess at The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The Exhibition is an honest endeavor to showcase the declining art of Bhutanese Thangkas, which in its true form was an effort to present homage to the leading female deity of Buddhism.
Tārā is a tantric meditation deity it is believed to originate as a form of the goddess Durga who today, is worshipped both in Buddhism and in Shaktism as one of the ten Mahavidyas. Thangkas serves as important teaching tools unfolding the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. The art of Bhutanese Thangkas exemplifies legends, stories and deities from Mahayana Buddhism.
The Exhibition displays 21 canvases of 5 feet by 4 feet depicting different forms of goddess Tārā, such as, Tsugtor Namgyalma (The Golden Tārā), Zhengyi Mithubma (Blue/ Black Tārā), Dugkarmo (White Tārā) and many others. The 21 canvases exhibited are created under the strict guidelines of Buddhist scriptures as the work encompasses symbolism and allusion and are explicitly religious. Each Thangkas are created with various elements mixed meticulously and involves earthly pigments and minerals such as 24 karat gold and other natural colours.
The preview was a great success, and received a great response from prominent attendees like Aparna Bedi, Anita Bajaj, Aseem Chauhan, Ritu Kumar, Varun Bahl, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ashish N Soni, Bonny Hazuria, Sonam Kalra, Anupama Dayal, Payal and Nikhil Sen, Aparna Chandra amongst others.
Commenting on the occasion curators, Arjun Sawhney and Tania Lefebvre said, “We are delighted to announce an exhibition for a project, which exemplifies our mutual love for art and Bhutan. It has been a great learning experience and a tremendous two-year journey for both of us. The works are absolutely beautiful and unique. We are anticipating a great response from our discerned audience.”
The exhibition is open daily from the 10th of November to 30th November from 10 am to 6 pm at The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.