I met Bertrand Russell at one of them and we went to tea with him as we had a letter of introduction from the poet-singer, Dilip Kumar Roy. Extremely slender, with sharp features and a shock of white hair, his sense of humour, and the lovely smile in his eyes quite enchanted me. In one of his lectures which I attended Russell said that philosophy was a necessity of life and mental life was composed of knowledge and desire. A philosopher sought new ways of life and tried to find out how much desire and fact could be harmonized.
He said that though man had increased control over natural resource that science had to be supplemented by wisdom and that could only be done by the study of philosophy, of learning how to think, or else man would utterly destroy himself. People accused philosophy of making no progress but it was because as soon as progress was made, the subject was taken over by science.

Today I will open the door of my calmness and let the footsteps of Silence gently enter the temple of all my activities. I will perform all duties serenely, saturated with peace.

Understanding The Flaws In Our Character

An interior life doesn’t mean we give up activity on the outside. Right activity and learning to associate harmoniously with others are very good for us; they serve to make us more balanced. The soul, of course, is already perfectly balanced, but its expression through the ego is usually lopsided. Years ago, Master drew little caricatures to depict the abnormalities in the nature of persons whose development is unbalanced - for example, a well-developed “head” of intellect, but short, weak “legs” of will and self-control. In a sense, this is how we must look to God.

On the spiritual path we cannot run away from our abnormalities; we are brought face to face with them day after day. Our everyday activities, and especially our interrelationships with other people, very much help to bring to light what is lacking in our nature. That which irritates us most in others, that which is most difficult for us in our work, in self-surrender, in all that is asked of us on the spiritual path, is usually an indication of some flaw in our own character. Such situations will keep rubbing us until we overcome our related weakness. These disturbances occur to help us learn to see ourselves as others see us; and ultimately to see ourselves as God and Guru see us, so that we can change ourselves.

-Sri Mrinalini Mata, SRF Mag Winter, 2013, 19; Affirmation, Paramahansa Yogananda, Metaphysical Meditations, 90.

*Photo by Ari Weinkle:

Poorna & Mrinalini love jumpsuits.

Poorna Jagannathan & Mrinalini Sharma in jumpsuits.


Left: Mrinalini Sharma at the Chillar Party premiere. Right: Poorna Jagannathan at the success party of Delhi Belly.

Whereas Mrinalini looked great in her all black, simple jumpsuit, Poorna shook me to the core with her’s. It’s so ghastly! In her film, Delhi Belly, Poorna sported a few Manish Arora pieces, but outside of it, I feel she lost the plot. And those booties…. OMG!

Photocourtesy: Bollycurry

Disclaimer: The pictures I use are not mine. If any party has any issue, I will gladly remove them.

Dance is my breath, my passion, my self….it was not to meet the current desires of the audience that I began to create new works. But to meet an innate need to express my involvement with the world around me-the world I live in. Breathed in, the world of constant dualities, joy-sorrow, life-death, love-death, lobe-hate,creation and destruction…

These Women Redefine Indian Art on International Platforms

The modern and contemporary South Asian auctions tend to focus heavily on the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG) and their circle. However, an exciting new trend has been developing over the past few years in the museum space that gives a clearer picture of the art scene and many of the talented women. 

The Sculptor 
Mrinalini Mukherjee is a sculptor who is achieving international recognition these days. Her works are in the collection of The Tate in the UK and she is featured in the 10th Gwangju Biennial this year with a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) to be mounted next year. Her cascading voluptuous sculptures made in hemp are highly sought-after in the marketplace because they are rare and it is a medium she no longer works in. Sotheby’s is featuring one of these sculptures entitled Deity (GBP 60,000-80,000) in the October auction of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art in London. Collected by a Geneva-based family, this is a work that I have been chasing for years!

A View to Minimalism
Earlier in the summer, I went to Tate Liverpool to see an exhibition of Nasreen Mohamedi’s works, which were beautifully juxtaposed next to an exhibition of Piet Mondrian. This followed seeing another fantastic show of the artist at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in Delhi. Mohamedi’s work is delicate, geometric, architectural, spare and minimalist. It has been a treat to see a wide body and variety of her works in these exhibitions and the growing interest was evidenced recently, wherein one of her works achieved a world record price at an auction in Mumbai, in early September. 

The Paper Artist
Zarina Hashmi has been around with a longstanding career, but has not been on the auction scene until recently. A confluence of events brought renewed attention to her work. In 2005, I met the artist in her New York studio with Guggenheim Museum curator, Sandhini Poddar and then New York-based photographer Ram Rahman. I was drawn to the map-like quality of her woodcuts and the poignancy of her works that were expressed with minimalist economy. It was a fateful meeting because I was convinced that the auctions were lacking this critical female voice. I placed Hashmi’s cast paper work in an international auction for the first time in 2005. Since then, she has been represented by international galleries and placed in major institutions with retrospectives seen at The Guggenheim, The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, and The Art Institute of Chicago.  

This international attention has given Hashmi, Mohamedi and Mukherjee the critical and curatorial notice they well deserve. Once overlooked, today, these three artists are very much a core of the evolving canon of South Asian artists.

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In questo tentativo si utilizza un capo di dimensioni decisamente più grandi: un cappotto trovato in un charity shop. Si vuole tentare di sbiancare il capo, ma il tessuto è così resistente che né scolorirlo con candeggina, né dipingerlo con vernice spray sembra funzionare.

Per questo si tenta di portare fuori la parte bianca dello strato interno del cappotto, creando una figura tentacolare. la figura viene poi sospesa all’interno di uno spazio, tentando di rifarsi ad una delle installazioni di Mrinalini Mukherjee.

Per questo modello si è pensata un’animazione con effetti di luce, che si muove lungo la struttura come gocce di vita che corrono lungo il corpo come neve.

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She was uncompromising in her work, unswayed by whatever seemed fashionable or the flavor of the moment. Mrinalini Mukherjee, who’s magnificent retrospective of sculptures is currently showing at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, was addicted to making sculptures, travel, good food, old monk and weekly horoscope forecasts but no one predicted that her retrospective at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi would open without her.

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