This selling exhibition celebrating the ancient Indian aesthetic of RASA is in collaboration with a lecture on 22nd January in conjunction with The Royal Geographical Society, Wexas Travel, British Airways and Creative Travel. The artists Natasha Kumar and Paul Vanstone will illustrate how they capture the essence of India in their works and how they have been captivated by this fascinating continent, both as artists and as travellers. The lecture will be held in the Ondaatje Theatre of The Royal Geographical Society.
This exhibition follows an show of Natasha Kumar’s RASA story that has been at the Southbank Centre in London for five months in 2014. The RASA story began ten years ago when Natasha Kumar first began sketching the chhatri, an essential element of Northern Indian architecture. Often ornate, intricately carved, with a dome and eaves that combine Hindu and Mughal design, this motif became the central theme in her work.
Expressing the moods evoked by the chhatris at different times of day, Natasha took the contrasting colours from Rajasthani life; the bold fluorescent pinks and oranges, dark red and turquoise. At was whilst at the Royal Chhatris at Bundi in Rajasthan that Natasha discovered the concentric circles carved on the inside of the chhatri dome and the RASA collection was born.
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