The Greeks, Indians, Persians, Chinese, Japanese and Tibetans have a long tradition of playing polo. In fact, the name is an anglicized version of the Tibetan word, pulu. But the history of polo probably begins with the nomadic hordes from Central Asia. The qualities of the Mongol conquerors remain the essential qualities of a polo player—great equestrian skills, a clear eye and a strong heart. Polo has been played in India since medieval times. The game that Mughal emperor Babur brought to India in the 16th century was rediscovered in the 1850s by British tea planters in Manipur. Ever since, it has been associated with the Indian royalty and the army.
Yasmin Sawhney’s third solo exhibition of paintings/poems, ‘As the Soul Flies’, will be showcased at the Arpana Caur Art Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi, 17-23 March. The exhibition coincides with the launch of Sawheny’s book of poetry, As the Soul Flies, a compilation of her paintings, poems, translations and inspirational life story.
In this exhibition, Sawhney presents a more varied repertoire, experimenting with colours, forms, themes and improved techniques. Visually impaired Sawhney works 16 hours a day with a handheld magnifying glass and paints in phases. In this exhibition, after a gap of two-and-a-half years, she treads the line between the figurative and abstract; the physical and spiritual; and between technique and aesthetics. For more information, contact :011-26018740, 41, 44