Echoes of Kashmir in the paintings of the artist UT: The Tribune India
New Delhi, April 9
Many appreciate the values and sights of nature, but extraordinary are those who exalt it by recreating them through memory using an aesthetic yet transcendent sense of art and beauty.
Recreations take on a special dimension if reminded of a decade-long association with the natural ambience of Kashmir.
One such recreation of the automated life of nature and its cycle is the medium of painting, particularly to reinforce the idea that benevolent “mother earth” is here for real, only if one cares about being sensitive and having a panoptic and spiritual vision of the world.
The spiritually regenerative reach of nature was on full display during an exhibition of paintings by Jyoti Nagpal, a resident of the city, at the India International Center (IIC) here, which was inaugurated by the former Minister of Health. Union, Dr. Karan Singh.
Nagpal, who taught French for 20 years in Chandigarh, Kashmir and Delhi, gave up to pursue painting full time.
She exhibits a series of virtuoso paintings, which are part of the tradition of oil painting under the heading “The good earth”.
Nagpal’s inspiration to recreate the refreshing and myriad forms of nature came to him during the time of deafening silence and sluggishness of human life in the Covid-inspired lockdown.
The recreations come from Nagpal’s recollection of his memories of a decade-long association with the pristine beauty of Kashmir (1976-87) when there was peace in the valley.
It was the time when flora and fauna flourished and the environment was invigorated with less pollution. The animals ventured against the marauding humans, forced to stay indoors. Nature dressed in new, in all its brightness and splendor in the absence of pollution with human beings locked in their homes.
The lockdown also served as a reminder that nature has its own mystical way of punishing wayward humans to restore order and balance to the environment.
Although all the paintings, which are immaculate, captivated visitors, those depicting a forest edge and peacocks with their full plumage looked as natural as possible. The panoramic views have echoes of Kashmir.
“This collection of paintings is an attempt to portray the beauty of nature as I observe and perceive it,” Nagpal said.