Updated: Feb 13, 2019
I was born to my parents six years after their marriage. When I ask the reason, my mom always says “We weren’t ready to have a child.” I always wondered what does being ready mean. As I grew older, she used to tell me stories about how it is a huge responsibility when it comes to raise a child. I never actually understood the equation but then I agreed to what she said.
So I am a single child and I grew up in a nuclear family, Marwadi family! In my school days, I was very fond of participating in all the activities that go around. Not to excel, but to experience. And I am very fortunate to have parents who supported my choices, decisions and ideas without questioning about it. My mom herself is an artist and that made my choice of art as a career easy. Back when I used to stay at home, we both would trade art. I would read out my stories to her and she used to sing for me.
This year, as the entire world will celebrate International Women’s day through art in their own ways, I wish to celebrate my mom. This made me look into the bigger picture of ‘celebrating womanhood through art’ at ‘Platform For Artists’ (PFA). Since the very beginning of my journey at PFA, I have had the privilege to meet and work with artists whose ideas and creativity has made a home in my mind. We together thought of appreciating and celebrating womanhood using art as our weapon. So, we will be hosting projects in the eight cities we are present in — Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Indore, Nagpur and Aurangabad — where artists from different art domains will perform, showcase their artwork and celebrate womanhood through art. What can be a better way of acknowledging the women in our lives?
Art is a form of expression and ‘Love’ is the most difficult emotion to express. Through poems, dance, painting, photography and any other art form, we can actually convey our love, respect and admiration to all the women who play an important role in our life in some way or the other. By using the powerful weapon — Art — we will create work to portray the change women have been bringing to our society.
You can check out the details of the entire project on Instagram and Facebook @platformforartists.