Friday, 12 April 2019

Dot to Dot

"The circumference of the circle cannot be drawn without getting a center"

This line of Marathi textbooks, while in school, is still deeply engraved in memory. Introspect yourself  and you will automatically experience the entire universe in God. This thought transforms the full ambit of that pattern deeply on the backdrop of our mind with proper use of both the centre and the circle. Every creation of this universe is originated from one point. The point may be the microscopic origin of the fetus, or the gigantic sun. And from the beginning of that creativity, starts a journey  called life.

Whatever I did not see or seen in the journey, I got to experience it in this shape 'DOT' and that is why  I came to conclusion that 'DOT' only is able to present all my observations and experiences. From onwards the journey from one 'DOT' to millions of 'DOTs' started.

DOT is one entity, it can be so visible to the eyes as little as possible or it can be so vast and limitless beyond imagination of our intellect. And one of the form of these dots is a circle ...a shape bounded and disciplined by the radius, a series of countless dots, dividing two worlds completely and still able to reach its center. This seamless shape without any angle has come in every way of life from childhood to its different manifestations and every time the curiosity of it has increased, its experience in different forms has been coming from time to time while working in my art

And every time the curiosity about it grew ever again. While working, the experience of it in different forms was useful from time to time as a supplementary to my art. I used to feel overwhelmed by the galaxies in the sky found in persons around and today the same came down on the canvas by me. My only means of presenting happiness, sorrow, experience, moments all on paper are DOTs... black, white , transparent, opaque, colorful, small, large, hollow, rigid..... of all kinds.

They get poured with the flow of ink giving  visual forms and shapes to the ideas in my mind.I saw the ball, marbles in the hands of my son and unaware entered into the world of childhood . In childhood, the first and the dearest plaything for a long time later on to fall in the hands of a child is the ball. From then on, it has been a strong attachment with the round shape and has become more intensified by regular touch. After that in a school, when it started with a line, I liked the circular twirling lines by pencil over simple ones.  After a short spell, I was introduced to Zero and today Zero has become the important part of  life. I understood the power of Zero to slash or boost the price of anybody, and from thereon it changed my view towards Zero. I strongly thought that creation of the universe can be from Zero only. In the eyeballs, geo-planets-satellites, science-atomic molecules, wheel of history, all have found new patterns of this shape.

Of all the graphical figures in geometry, the circle came as a part of the masterpiece. It has been observed that how beautiful compositions are made from the right use of points, circles and rounds. Today the same compositions have come to my life in the form of drawings.
I felt predominantly how a dotted spot filled with paint can be so beautiful , and a different place of the 'DOT' is created in mind.

After successfully completing many such cycles of new classes, new study and finally examinations in school life, life has jumped into a new arena.

The ring of the job is like a wheel gyrating without ever stopping anywhere. As the job is in the oil industry, my favourite DOT came in life in the form of oil drop. While  planning the oil wells, I realized that the size of the well, its starting and goal, its design, and its units of  measurement, started to blend in with the figures in mind. In the software, when the vast majority of oil fields like 'Bombay High' are viewed from very high altitude, the view matched perfectly with the stars in the sky. A different structure of each constellation, a different extension. It was stored in mind for so many years.

All the groups of stars of the heavens and the earth started constructing constellations of thoughts and emotions in the space of mind. Thought got a new direction. New ideas emerged. These thoughts and ideas got associated with pencil and colour. Thoughts and ideas intermingled through each other in all the directions began to flush and the formation of arrays of stars started to form on paper. Such designs of constellations are an important part of my pictures.

These ideas in the form of dots spread on black paper with the help of ear buds, straws and empty bottle lids. In fact, it is wrong to say black paper in respect of my pictures. Because although the backgrounds of these pictures are still in black, black paper has not been used. On the contrary, this nature colour is formed by giving more than 15 light layers of ink in different colours, mixed with water on white paper. It was filled and spread with positivity, different stages of mind, various thoughts and a picture was completed by showing different ideas.
As soon as the treasure in mind started emptying on canvas, all the senses were eager to get alerted to absorb the experiences in the surrounding world.

It is worth mentioning here an experience once I had. Often the kitchen utensils, cups, glasses are all out in the hall if there is a child in the house. Once in the similar situation, the arrangement of these utensils attracted my attention. The beautiful design made by those glazed circles of lesser or greater diameter became a subject in my mind. When I saw the Braille script which brought knowledge in the life of those who lost their eyesight,  the wheels of thought were stuck in the eyeballs. While passing through the lifecycle,  overcoming the calamities coming across in a positive way, the bond of relationships and many such things gave the experiences to expand the ideas and the picture started being painted on that paper.

It is presented in such a way that the viewer will be able to see many different stories in his mind. Just like a picture of mine that might see a growing festival of moon's crescents, but the idea behind it is not only to make the moon in a different look but in every form the moon is a special stage of life.
The full moon night's moon is full and its beauty is wonderful. But the travel of lunar crescent which is to reach that position, should also be considered as beautiful. The meaning here is that if someone is not having  everything or some things are incomplete today, then also life is never meaningless. That incompleteness also has the urge to show something in the form of emotions, which has also the excitement that makes the occasion beautiful in life.

 Once overcoming the difficulties with continuing efforts and finding the ways to reaching happiness is instilled in blood, the same person reaches the increasing perfection like the lunar calendar. It should be true that every moment of life is really beautiful and giving something. For that one's self belief should be strong. In this way, when the rings came together to present invisible experiences with visual experiences, whatever I experienced was total spiritual satisfaction.

The mind, the complexity and hollowness in mind, the feeling of belonging, the emotion attached to relationships, the struggle in life, the moment of joy emerging from it is realized, but to present them to the world ... a thought, a revolving circle around, positive and negative thoughts and their effect. It is really difficult to convert all these into picture but making repeated changes in the impossible things definitely brings about the change and it makes impossible possible.

The journey of moments that started from the point of 'I' is the life in which everyone goes from immaturity to maturity. The colour fountain is spotted when the apparently colourless dot is broken with perpetual attempts.
 Now the DOT ... the CIRCLE... the SPHERE gets a new life. A new meaning is created.
And my paintings and pictures are the visual form of such invisible feelings....and such an impossible colourless DOTS which have reached the highest pinnacle.... drenched in colour and soaked in joy, a spherical ball ... DOT to DOT.

Everyday there is a show of hundreds of crores of stars in the Nehru Planetarium at Worli in Mumbai. Now apart from that, another extraordinary show of stars is there between April 16 to April 22, in the Nehru Art Gallery, which is located not far away from Nehru Planetarium . But in the galaxy of these Dots, the eye soothing Constellations of Dots are creations with my imagination and positive thoughts, whose real realization is of course a beautiful journey from ZERO to FULL MOON.

- Rupali Thombare

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Callifest...festival of scripts

Callifest….is a festival of calligraphy….Yes festival…. Festival of beautiful Indian Scripts….the way we have variety’s of languages, cultures similar we have variety’s of scripts, Which is the speciality of  our India and to get the amazing culture of India’s script under one roof  we the team of  ‘Achyut Palav School of calligraphy’s have arrange this festival at ‘Urban Haat, CBD Belapur’ starting from ‘5th December to 10th December 2018.’  The idea of getting this whole India scripts under one roof so that the scripts lovers will find the taste and feel of scripts…… Wow!! It is not that amazing… wondering if it is only for the art lover no…. it is also for the one who want to learn and explore themselves.

Let us join and enjoy the Festival…it is the roof where you are free to asked, learn and get more knowledge on Calligraphy…

Come let me give you a glimpse of the Callifest….as mentioned it is a colourful art festival of scripts, which highlighted by our very own APSC Students, Who will also welcome you with vibration of their art of Calligraphy…. In fact you will be amaze to see the assorted and numerous way our student have use these scripts which can be use in our daily arts, as you are aware now a day we use Hindi scripts in our printing of dress etc… but can you imagine other language scripts and there usage…..just feel the vibe …. Of the letter fill in colours and the ambiance of fresh greener around pulling, you….and making you feel like a kid to see the letters dance all around in the garden of greener, falling from tree coming out from grounds, feel as if they will come to talk to us… and ask us where have you been for so many year? As u just played with me when u were kid come let, us play.

Moreover, this feel of excitement will increase as you move in and around the ambiance, with each chamber will display each state of Indian script…. Let us know our scripts and get the knowledge of other script too… as a child you might have learnt cursive writing but here you will find difference type of  letters along with the strokes, lines, curvatures, colours and combination.

In this era of gadget, let us give yourself and our children a space of self-idea, creativeness, and thoughts to feel that we can do and create things of our own…. Furthermore, there are students and teacher from famous art collages who will be working, displaying their work. Everyone visiting here will get to interact with artists, ask questions and gain more knowledge about this beautiful form of art- calligraphy. 

One big attraction for this Festival is the workshops held by famous calligraphers and that too free of cost as we the team of ‘Achyut Palav School of calligraphy’s believe in one thing “Sharing and give knowledge gives more idea and growth to our creativity” To get advantage from these workshops one only need to spend some time. They will be very useful for future as well as in developing as an artist. 

In addition, to mood up your senses we will be having a stage show with Music & Art  with the beauty of set sun, which will light up your soul and leave the impression of positive energy within yourself that you are the once who can do anything and everything in the world of Art.

-Rupali Thombare.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Akshar Diwali

As I always says Calligraphy is not just an art of writing letters.It is that art form which can be easily mixed with any other art form and its beauty gets blend in such a way that the resulting creation is just Awesome.While celebrating Akshar Diwali at APSC, I came across such an extraordinary combination which was a beautiful experience for me.

Diwali is the festival of light,colors,lamps,rangoli,crackers,sweets.Most of these beautiful things were there at the spot.I was very excited on that day as I had to give my calligraphy demonstration later. Though I have got photocolours,brushes,pallettes n all , Still till that moment I was unaware of what I am exactly going to present in front of all. But I too gets busy with the preparations like others. Some were preparing lamps, some were arranging light decoration. I came forward for my favorite hobby i.e. making rangoli.Let me tell you something about rangoli.

Rangoli is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘rangavalli’. Rangoli is an art which precedes sculpture and painting. It is both an auspicious and a preliminary necessity in any religious ritual. The two aims of drawing rangoli:

  • Beauty
  • Auspiciousness/Spirituality
Rangoli art is an adornment or decoration that has different names in different states of India.Rangoli designs can be simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower and petal shapes (appropriate for the given celebrations), but they can also be very elaborate designs crafted by numerous people. The base material is usually dry or wet powdered rice or dry flour, to which sindoor (vermilion), haldi (turmeric) and other natural colours can be added. Chemical colors are a modern variation. Other materials include colored sand, red brick powder and even flowers and petals, as in the case of flower rangolis.The materials used are easily found everywhere. Therefore, this art is prevalent in all homes, rich or poor.

At that moment I prefer doing a simple rangoli in only white colour dry powdered rangoli with just few calligraphy strokes which came out a beautiful creation. 

With this rangoli in front of door,suddenly an idea emerged in Sirs mind. We took a black coloured card-paper and stick it to the bottom from all the sides.Now it was a great base surface for making rangoli. With only white colour I started drawing random letters on the paper. You see and tell how was the calligraphy and rangoli combination looking. 

After my demo there were 4 more demos by my friends.Everyone gave Diwali wishes in their unique styles. Avadhut used Gothic and black letter fraktur style while Deepa gave Diwali wishes in her favourite uncial style.Both these are different styles of roman letter writing. With the Mangesh's demo in Telagu and Panjabi we all get to see Diwali wishes even in Indian fonts.  

After few days, I tried the same combination of letters on colourful rangoli in my office Diwali function and got a good appreciation.

-Rupali Thombare