An artist of 17, I, Virajita Todi, am passionate about expression – through music, theater and art,Impressionism and abstract styles of painting being my favourite styles.
I am a student of Modern High School for Girls and aspire to pursue a career in Animation. I take my imagination to be my greatest asset, which makes painting my favourite pastime. Water colour pencils, acrylic paints and water colours are my favourite mediums.
This painting has been inspired by EARTH – The element which has nurtured the human race since the beginning of Time. Ever since Genesis happened, Nature has given freely- it has opened its arms wide and fulfilled the desires of all, never discriminating between men and women. Today, however, we have forgotten what Nature has been trying to teach us and this has been made to protest against every time a woman is oppressed, undermined or violated, because the very Earth has been giving us the message of equality and it is time we listen.
This painting has been inspired by AIR – the air is unpredictable, mysterious, it is dangerous yet it is life-giving, it is unruly yet it is the only way to maintain civilisation. Women, too, are such. They are colourful storms, their minds tornadoes of creativity and blizzards of thought. Women are as violent, yet as necessary as the air, swerving amongst forests of stereotypes to find themselves safely across. They are thus the air, symbols of change, of beauty , and of sheer and utter power.
This painting has been inspired by FIRE – that fire which has been burning in women since time immemorial. It is that fire which Draupadi was born from, that fire which Sita was forced to walk through, and now, it is the fire of their rage. Women have been pushed enough, wronged enough, and the fire which symbolized their subservience has now become a fire of their determination to win, a flame of their power, a statement of the fact that the countdown to explosion has begun,and if women are not given their deserved place soon, this fire will spread and the universe will have to yield to it.
This painting has been inspired by WATER – just as water is essential for plants to grow, for seeds to become saplings and saplings to become buds, it is the water of their tears, their sweat, that women have relentlessly used to fuel human emotion to grow. They are the caring ones, the selfless ones, and women are the ones with the halo over their heads, and this is therefore a tribute to the ones who will remember humanity when the rest of world has resorted to bestial selfishness.
Note from the curator:
We are organizing the Kolkata chapter of this global event Woman scream in association with Rhythm Divine Poets Group with the idea of uniting various art forms initiated by like minded people specially woman to come together to raise voice against violence. What is fantastic is this Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival is initiated by Jael Uribe from Dominican Republic and all around the world more than 500 events has been initiated by coordinators who felt they could connect to this global cause. We all feel privileged to be a part of it. I had conceptualized the Art Fair exhibition two years back to give a platform to young artists who have never seen the limelight and often get lost in the overflowing art culture. It has always initiated artists of all age, professional and self taught to experiment and express through their works the message of peace and tolerance more over to cross over the usual and speak out the truth. The way our world is rapidly growing intolerant behaviour towards everything, it is up to artists, poets, writers, actors, musicians to bring that change in thoughts and perceptions because it’s the only way to change our present scenario. I am every glad to associate with Rhythm Divine Poets group and Incredible Women of India to do an outdoor exhibition for the first time. For Art Fair Woman Celebration I felt the need to reach out to school students to bring out the theme of this event in the forefront. So Modern High Girls School students have worked on some projects from portraits to abstract to show what woman can really do and I am really happy with their work and support. I am feeling really glad to see how everything came together to help us create an event like this. Art Fair has always helped in uplifting the underprivileged children by raising funds through art sale and also supporting the artists in the process. We have done fund raising art event twice before so this time as well we plan to do the same. We hope Kolkata people will be generous enough to come down and support the cause. We all are excited about it and hope 26th march turns out to be beautiful experience for all of us.
Sufia Khatoon, Curator Art Fair Co Founder Rhythm Divine Poets
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Rhythm Divine Poets in association with Art Fair celebrates the strength of woman on the occasion of woman’s month in March by promoting art and poetry festival in the city of Kolkata. To raise voice against violence on woman is the mutual goal. These associations will lead to Rhythm Divine coordinating the Kolkata chapter of the global event called Woman Scream International Poetry and Art Festival on 26th March by Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional MPI) from the Dominican Republic, and coordinated by Jael Uribe, MPI’s President.
The Kolkata chapter is co-sponsored by Incredible Women of India, Manya Education Pvt Limited and The Princeton Review hosted by the Berlia family in Kolkata.
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