Marigold Diary





Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. It’s black and white – dramatic. You have to be strong.Catherine Zeta-Jones

As I was viewing NOIR at the Alliance Francaise, New Delhi, the aforementioned quote resonated in my ears, through the evening. Chetnaa’s simple and uncluttered topography of the Delhi grid, was applauded by the audience for its pure aesthetic value. Her interest in spatial relation with lines was clearly visible in the layered paper artworks, agreeing with her sensibilities.

There was a section of small 3D pop-ups neatly disguised old Delhi maps photo printed on archival paper which were made unique with Kirigami and Origamisticking all along to the linear theme.

Also exhibited were her enchanting Jallis or Trellis. Two years ago, when she participated in Sushma K. Bahl‘s ‘Forms of Devotion’ art exhibition project for  Museum of Sacred Art in Belgium, she realized there was as a possibility of decoding the sacred element of any architectural style. That’s when her art, usually understood as abstract minimalism with a focus on the play of light and shadows was influenced by Islamic architecture. Infact, her versions of these latticed screens are a part of a travelling show commemorating the 60th birthday celebrations of the Thai princess, which is currently being shown in Spain.

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GYMBOREE- Play & Music

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY……..most beautifully spent with your little bundles of  joy.

Creativity, Confidence, Friendship– all starts at Gymboree by stretching your child’s rapidly developing body and mind and preparing him/her for life. Gymboree began in 1976 when Joan Barnes, a mother from Marin County, California, tried to find a safe, fun place featuring age-appropriate activities for parents and young children to play together and very obviously started her own program.

Jaya Punj Modi, the franchise owner in Delhi, first witnessed these classes in Singapore and realized her calling was working with kids, watching them paint, sing, laugh and thoroughly enjoy!!!! The sheer simplicity of this program drew her interest. It was a change for her, to see a play school specialize in parent-child fun and interaction, encouraging a child’s development while helping the parents understand them better. The importance of spending quality time with one’s child, bonding and connecting were highlighted; a concept fulfilling the needs of a nuclear family.

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Title - Dhenu in Zig Zag Design B.g.  ,Dimension-18X18inch, Material- Mix Media On Canvas

The Mughal rulers of Malwa, Deccan and Hindu Rajas of Rajasthan revived the art of miniature paintings in the last decades of the 16th century. Rajput art schools began to develop their distinctive styles combining indigenous as well as foreign influences (Persian, Mughal, Chinese, European). Four principal schools have several artistic styles which are patronised by various princely states; e.g. Mewar school by Chavand, Nathdwara, Devgarh, Udaipur and Sawar styles of painting,Marwar school comprising of  Kishangarh, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Pali and Ghanerao styles, Hadoti school belonging to Kota, Bundi and Jhalawar styles and Dhundar school of Amber, Jaipur, Shekhawati and Uniara styles. Kangra and Kullu schools also typify Rajput art painting.

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