Art Exhibit “Harmony” 1st Dec- 7th Dec 2015 Nehru Centre Worli Mumbai

Art Exhibit “Harmony” 1st Dec- 7th Dec 2015 Nehru Centre Worli Mumbai

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The Art Gallery at Nehru Centre Worli Mumbai opened Art Exhibit “Harmony” on 1st Dec 2015 show casing brilliant and vibrant artworks of artist bureaucrat Ms Kiran Soni Gupta. The show was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Mr Ahmed Javed Commissioner of Police Mumbai alongwith Director of National Gallery of Modern Art Mumbai Mr Shiv Prasad Kehed, Mr Ram Kadam and Mr Raza Murad amidst a huge gathering of artists, art lovers, gallery owners, connoisseurs and bureaucrats. Mr Ahmed Javed rightly emphasized the need to have greater empathy and sympathy in life and to never forget to appreciate the immediate environment. He said the capacity to appreciate art and beauty qualifies a society and there is an urgent need for administrators to become artists and artists to become administrators to make this world a better living place.

The Chief Guest while inaugurating was all praise for the bureaucrat who has kept her passion alive besides effectively discharging her onerous responsibilities. He added that art is the essence of life and has to become a way of life. The beauty of colors encasing the freedom of expression is a step forward to making this world a more beautiful place. Mr Kehed while highly appreciating Kiran’s work said that they do reflect her inner self. Mr Ram Kadam said that one lives one;s life only if passion can be pursued, Kiran has made it happen. Raza Murad while anchorirng the event was all praise for the artist officer who on exemplies the sympathy and empathy and keen observation.

This is her 37th solo show that clearly reflects her departure in style from realistic to abstract. It was indeed the magic of Mumbai that has led the artist to evolve further. Harmony clearly symbolizes the merger of nature and spirituality leading all to peace and enlightenment. Also seen are her sculptures which have been much appreciated by one and all. The works are on display and exhibition will continue till 7th Dec 2015 ( daily from 11am to 7pm).

The art exhibit “Harmony” captures the essence of being. The synthesis of nature and soul is the basis of this exhibit. The highlights of the exhibit are the masterpieces of sculptures of Buddha and Ganesha set against artworks in abstract form made by artist Kiran Soni Gupta. This collection is departure from her previous work which was largely realistic. This style gives her more leeway for imagination and expression these abstracts are largely based on live patterns of rural Rajasthan. Inspired by the Mumbai Sea- Sky they have been done predominantly in oils on Canvas .

Kiran Soni Gupta is an artist, prolific writer, keen photographer and an activist administrator. She is an officer from the 1985 batch of the Indian Administrative Service till recently posted as Textile Commissioner Mumbai. Presently she   Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affirs and Ministry of Skill Development. She has worked in different assignments in Government of India, Government of Kerala and Rajasthan. She has been District Collector of two districts and Divisional Commissioner of Jaipur and Jodhpur. The National Productivity Council NPC and NABARD have recognized her with National awards for her administrative and developmental initiatives.

Harvard University selected her in 2005 for the prestigious Mason Fellowship to study for a Master’s in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government. She was also awarded a popular scholarship in 2004 for a Master’s in Public Policy at the Maxwell School, Syracuse.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, she has kept up her interest in painting as an artist for more than two decades. It has been a journey of exploring her soul and the environment through her varied administrative experiences. Her works can be accessed on website www.kiransoniarts.com.

Kiran’s artwork” Three Generations” was selected and exhibited for exhibition at the most famous and most visited Le Louvre Museum in Paris France in Dec 2013. Last year her artwork ” Poojatime ” was displayed at Carrousel de Louvre Paris in 2012. Kiran has been recently honored with ‘ Unnat Bharat Sewashri Award 2013′, Swasti Samman 2013′, Special Award at the International Vaish Sammelan 2013′,’ Rajasthan Gaurav Award 2012′ the “Nari Prathibha Samman” in 2012 and was conferred with the” Kala Samridhi Award in 2010, ” Artist of the Year 2009″ and “Special Achiever Award 2009″. She was also given the “Kala Shiromani Award” in 2008. One of her paintings on the ‘Famine’ depicting its impact on women and children in India won the National Award in 2003. Another painting ‘Matters of Heart’ was commended in the All India Fine Arts Exhibition in 2004. The Times of India has brought out a trilogy of books “Beyond Strokes”,” Kiran’s Art Renderings” and “Women – God’s Finest Creation” based on themes in her artworks.

The artist has held more than two dozen solo art shows in major cities in India and in foreign countries including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, Tehran, Kandy, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Her latest exhibit “Desert Symphony” at the National Museum New Delhi was inaugurated by Dr. Karan Singh in April 2011. Dr. Swaraj Paul in 2010 had presided over her exhibit at Nehru Centre London. She has had three exhibits in Mumbai that had received an overwhelming response Besides she also held shows at New Delhi, Naggar, Ludhiana, Kulu and many other places.

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