Perfectly timed to coincide with Shivratri on Monday, artist Bulbul Rai has brought alive Shiva’s power with her deft use of colours and strokes. A Benaras native now settled in Ahmedabad, she brings to town “Tales of Shivati,” an art exhibition which draws vignettes from the deity’s life with consort Parvati. Based largely on episodes in the Shiva Puran, this showing is 23-year-old Bulbul’s first solo showing. The exhibition is on at Hutheesing Centre till March 2.
“There is no escaping Shiva’s magic, more so if you are from Benaras, which is also called Kashi Nagari. His various avatars as Sati, Parvati and Gauri are simply fascinating. This show is an attempt to capture those moments of his transformation into the various moulds,” shares the artist.
Each canvas rolls out as part of a series and yet stands alone by itself. For instance, Sati dreaming of being the Shiva’s wife to the divine figure angered at the loss of his spouse, the pieces are curated as a tale which unfolds the dancing god’s story. “Each canvas has a name. Sati Prasuti, Garbhavati, Shiva Akanksha and Tanmay, to name a few. The titles tells us which point in Shiva’s life, the piece alludes to,” shares Bulbul.
The show was inaugurated by environmentalist Padma Shree Kartikeya Sarabhai. Among other luminaries, also present at the opening were town planning expert N.K Patel and folk singer Arvind Vegda.