Solo Photo Exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, from 16th to 22nd November, 2016, the Pune based eminent artist Vanita tries to trace the missing link of her childhood memories from her native place Wai, a small town in Maharashtra near Pune. This solo Painting exhibition inaugurated by renowned film Actress Madhur Velankar – Satam.
After spending a long time abroad Vanita was fascinated by the Indian Sculptures and Temple Architecture which she deiced to capture them into digital format on canvas and decorate it with further magical strokes in her personal visual language. In her images she strikes a dialogue between manmade heritage, its cultural meaning in contemporary context that emerges into innovative form of Artwork.
“Creating image is about telling powerful stories. I use Photography as a tool for creating awareness and understanding across cultures, communities, and countries; a tool to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share. I believe the way to find common ground is by seeing yourself in others.”, says the vetran artist photographer Vanita Jadhav. Through her photographs Vanita brings forth the valued cultural practices, timeless Indian traditions that are fast missing in recent times. She sheds light on the myths of this country of mysterious paradoxes; the land where civilizations and times intermix, a mysterious place which attracts people from all over the world.
Vanita has spends a significant amount of time reading ancient Indian Mythology, Manuscripts, Scriptures, such as Vedas, Bhagvad Gita which is also reflected in her art. Vanita has passion for teaching and she has also supported upcoming artist in various ways. The artist never ceases to learn, “I believe art inspires me to learn every day….” exclaims the artist.
Vanita has been internationally recognized for her contribution towards documenting the Cultural images from Wai. She has received a Certificate of appreciation from the former President of India Late Dr. Abdul Kalam for her effort. She was a Convener for INTACH Wai-Pachgani Chapter through which she promotes the conservation and promotion of Indian culture and ethos. Her artistic journey of past 45 years is also apparent in the way she has handled her various projects while creating meaningful dialogues with her environment. She has also held several significant Solo and Group in India and Abroad including, GE Building, New York, DIAGEO Art Gallery, Satmford, USA and many more. To recognize her contribution to conserve the culture and significance of Wai, she has also been felicitated by ‘Wai Gaurav Puraskar’.
Vanita’s journey as a person from a small village in India to the megacity of New York is commendable. It is worth to mention here that Vanita never lets go any opportunity to learn and inculcate new art practices. When she travels to meet her two sons in New York she makes a point to reenergize and broaden her artistic knowledge and vision. She is also a member of the prestigious, ‘Art Students League of India.’