She's a Hata yogi. Yes, for most people, her paintings are then only the second most interesting thing about her. And even as second-best, they're moving at a canter.
Shantala Madhu is presenting an exhibition of paintings from 23rd to 31st March, at Chitramayee - State Gallery of Fine Arts. This collection of about 70 recent paintings has been done in different media, like oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, mixed media, clay and glass.
Shantala has been pursuing several forms of art from her childhood. She has undergone formal training under several distinguished artists like Mr. Cooper of School of Art, Ohio, USA (landscape and portrait), and Mrs. Karle in Pune (miniature and moghul art). This made her proficient in many art forms such as oil painting, ceramic painting, flower making, glass painting, candle making and doll making.
Shantala draws inspiration from Nature, and she particularly enjoys visiting places of natural beauty like parks, beaches and forests, and tries to portray them on her canvas. However, she believes that God's creation is too magnificent, and that her art is a humble way of appreciating it.
Shantala is an ardent student of Hata Yoga and has been teaching yoga in the USA and in India. She is also a student of Hindustani classical music, and is learning the sitar under the tutelage of Ustad Balekhan of Dharwad. She holds a Master's degree in literature from the University of Mysore.
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