Gouri Sahni is fascinated by the rainbow, tracing in the bands of colours the myriad nuances of life. An exhibition of paintings, to be held from 23-27 March at the Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, explores this philosophy further and is appropriately titled Spectrum of Life.
The theme is the gamut of human emotions such as happiness, melancholy, nostalgia, ambition and spirituality. A concentric circle, symbolizing the karmic circle of life, occupies a prominent place in each work.
“I am a deeply spiritual person and have an unshakeable faith in karma and reincarnation. I have had a number of spiritual experiences, among them knowing about my own past life. My spirituality and philosophy of Live and Let Live emerge in all my works,” says Sahni, a trained designer who also makes jewellery and garments. But, she says, it is painting that gives her the greatest sense of fulfilment and she has been an artist since childhood. She likens it to “the perfect form of meditation”.
The palette in Spectrum of Life spans the colours of the rainbow and the medium is oil and acrylic on canvas. A particularly striking work depicts nostalgia and is set in the middle of a desert. A couple sits together, a short distance from a temple. The man remembers the times he visited the temple as a young boy with his parents—his memories viewed through the perspective of his present journey there with his wife.
Another strongly spiritual work is awash in red and shows a disciple seated on the lap of his guru. “Because of the guru’s good karma, the disciple reaps the benefits at a very young age,” explains Sahni,.
From 28 March-9 April, Spectrum of Life will be on at Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi.