Showcasing Lord Ganesha in special forms and colours

Gurgaon based fashion designer curved artist Payal Bahl has showcased different moods and forms of Lord Ganesha at her week long painting exhibition now on at the new Art Gallery of India Habitat Centre here.

Young Payal, who only loves colours and pursues her passion for painting full time, says her display on the theme “Om Ganeshaay Namah: The lively colours of Ganesha” combines devotion with emotion. 

“I have tried to imprison the various moods in both traditional and contemporary art forms. 

This is an effort to reach back to the past while looking forward, balancing the challenge among the spirit of modernism and the need to capture the essence of a traditional art form. 

I have strained inspiration from mythology and philosophies of Hinduism,” says Payal. 

The four dozen colorful paintings show the different faces, forms, avatars and colours of Lord Ganesha. While some paintings have Lord Ganesha playing guitar, flute or tabla, others show the Lord dancing at sunset or riding an elephant.

Most of the paintings include works done with oil pastels, posters and glitters on ivory.

According to Payal, there is a association between art and fashion. “Knowledge does not go misuse. Whatever I have learnt at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, I have tried to repeat in this exhibition. 

In both art and fashion we need creativity, imagination and judicious use of colours,” says Payal, who has worked at five fashion houses in Gurgaon for a decade. 

A painter since her early days, Payal has been honoured with gold medals at both National and State level drawing competitions. 

“The driving force behind the current exhibition undoubtedly is my husband. After taking a long look at a few of my initial works, he goaded me to showcase my work to the world.”
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