The homemakers of Ahmedabad organized an exhibition “Vraj Leela” on one of the oldest art in India, Pichhwai paintings. The six homemakers displayed 41 illustrations made with silk fabrics, paper, and natural colors, during the presentation.
Falguni Dalal, Meghna Pandya, Neha Patel, Nimisha Patel, Shalini Dhawan, and Swati Parekh have been in the company for many years now. All these housemakers took training in the art of Pichwai in an organization based in Ahmedabad and started making Pichwai. Interestingly, they began making Pichwai not only for art but also for spiritual experience.
What is Pichhwai?
Pichhwai Art, started by the Vallabh sect in the 16th century, depicts the pastimes in the childhood of Lord Krishna through paintings. The sheet hung in the background of the Krishna idol is called Pichhwai. Pichwai artwork mainly depicts the life stories of Lord Krishna. The art is also considered as a devotional practice.
There is also a belief that Pichhwai is a product of Nathdwara. But, we cannot consider this assumption correct because Pichhwai art is prevalent from Mathura to Champaran and from Nathdwara to Deccan.
After learning Pichhwai art together, the six friends started making artworks. When they had a lot of pieces to collect, they all thought of jointly organizing an exhibition of their paintings. They organized the exhibition in Ahmedabad’s prestigious art gallery Amdavad Ni Gufa. All the 41 illustrations of the ladies got a warm response from the visitors. Exhibition will be open till 28/5/2022.
A glimpse of the exhibition is in the video. You can also see the women in conversation with Team VOI.