Mumbai's Glitterati Experiences "THE AWAKENING"

Ranjit Rodricks , 17 Jun 2011
Nisha Jamvwal & young artist Punam Salechaa
Nisha Jamvwal & young artist Punam Salechaa
Large bronze sculptures of Buddha heads were placed around the room
Large bronze sculptures of Buddha heads were placed around the room

It was an awakening of a different kind as the young and enterprising artist – Punam Salechaa – displayed her paintings and sculptures on the Buddha at Mumbai’s prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery on Thursday night.

Artist and designer Nisha Jamvwal (looking resplendent in a red gown embellished with roses) presented and curated this exhibition, titled: THE AWAKENING – An homage to Buddha.

This copper sculpture of Buddha's head is called THE THINKER
This copper sculpture of Buddha's head is called THE THINKER

Lord Buddha’s famous words “Sangham Sharanam” (Sublime Togetherness), are what inspired this petite artist and helped her metamorphose he creations from mere art to a “Meditative state,” she reveals.

Punam: “My current exhibition celebrates togetherness in diversity while retaining that inimitable sense of individuality,”
Nisha Jamvwal, Punam Salechaa and a friend
Nisha Jamvwal, Punam Salechaa and a friend

Wearing a colourful Ritu Kumar ensemble, Punam takes us through the gallery and explains the finer nuances of her art and craft. Apart from her paintings, she has also created huge sculptures by using shards of metal that overlap with each other. “This technique echoes the metaphor of layered thought, complex lives and the simplicity and harmony that exist within to be delved into and unfurled,” explains Punam.

And as for her canvases, the mighty Banyan tree with its long, flowing roots – each with an individual identity growing out of the ‘One’ big tree – is a recurring idiom to underline the fact that “We are all One”.

Dilsher Atwal with wife Dipanita Sharma & Nisha Jamvwal
Dilsher Atwal with wife Dipanita Sharma & Nisha Jamvwal

Coming in to view the exhibition and support the new artist were Her Highness Princess Asha Raje Gaekwad of Baroda (below)….

Princess Asha Raje Gaekwad encouraging young artists
Princess Asha Raje Gaekwad encouraging young artists

…..model / actress Dipanita Sharma and her husband Dilsher Atwal.

Dipanita looked stunning in a saffron and white saree by designer Masaba Gupta, a perfect choice for an exhibition which honours the spiritual.

The stunning Dipanita Sharma
The stunning Dipanita Sharma

Actress Dolly Thakore also wore a lovely hand-woven saree and a simple yet stunning necklace to off-set the garment.

Dolly Thakore
Dolly Thakore

Singer Penaz Masani made a public appearance after quite a while and doesn’t look a day older than when she first started off her career in the late Eighties.

Penaz Masani & friend, Parvez Damania
Penaz Masani & friend, Parvez Damania
Penaz Masani & Nisha Jamvwal
Penaz Masani & Nisha Jamvwal

Also spotted at the event were hat-designer Farhad Billimoria and his wife, designer Amy Billimoria

Farhad & Amy Billimoria
Farhad & Amy Billimoria

…..ex-model Gautam Kapoor, who came out of hibernation after a very long time….

Gautam Kapoor
Gautam Kapoor

……..and Mumbai’s very own jazz enthusiast, Prakash Thadani. Prakash is the guy who organizes a big jazz event every year and this year, he’s planning it for end of November or December.

Prakash Thadani
Prakash Thadani

The U.S Trade Commissioner, Richard Rothman and his wife Tabu, were also at the event. They are regulars on the party circuit in Mumbai and are very active among the expat community.

Richard & Tabu Rothman
Richard & Tabu Rothman

Of course, a party in Mumbai would not be complete without Gilles Amsallem, the Frenchman who organizes the much awaited French Tuesdays, every month. (MissMalini will also be writing for the French Tuesdays website on a regular basis.)

Frenchman in Mumbai - Gilles Amsallem
Frenchman in Mumbai – Gilles Amsallem

And finally, to infuse a bit of fun into the event, my friend Sameer Sharma strikes a pose which is rather apt for the occasion….

Meditating under a bronze sculpture
Meditating under a bronze sculpture

But his “nirvana” moment was in meeting the other, more gorgeous Sharma – Dipanita Sharma. “Clearly my meditation paid off,” he says with a naughty chuckle…!

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