Ever looked beyond the deadening colour of miles and miles of sand, and found deserts artistic? Well, an IAS officer did. Catch a glimpse of desert life through Kiran Soni's eyes, at Chitramayee State Gallery Of Fine Arts, from 22nd to 30th September. The paintings are on display from 11am to 7pm. The exhibition is a tribute to the late Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. The inauguration is on 22nd September at 10am, along with the book launch of Kiran's 'Art Renderings'.
Kiran Soni speaks through her works, on issues of women, children, poverty, development and the environment. Continuing the trend, she has now depicted the beauty of the desert, as well as of the women who make it their habitat. The paintings reflect day-to-day lifestyle of the people in deserts. She has used oil on canvas to express her convictions, though some paintings have also been made on rice paper and board.
Kiran Soni Gupta is an artist, writer, activist and administrator. She finished her Masters of Public Administration (Mason Fellowship Program) from Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government) and Syracuse University (Maxwell School). She has also completed a Certificate Course In Advanced Women’s Studies (SU), a Certificate Course in Conflict Resolution, and a Certificate Course in Health Services Management & Policy.
She did her Masters in Science (Rural Sociology) from Punjab Agricultural University (1980-82) and her BA with English Honors (1977-80). She is currently Divisional Commissioner in Jaipur. After joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1985, she has held various distinguished assignments in the Government of India, Kerala & Rajasthan.
Of late she has produced a series of more than 3 dozen works, titled The Harmony, reflecting various forms of the relationship between man & his environment. She organized a Kala Kumb through community support in March 2003, a congregation that attracted 150 artists from all over the country. Her works have been exhibited at different national and international events at Ottawa, California, New York, Cambridge, Syracuse, Toronto, Chicago, London, Iran and Srilanka. Her recent exhibits are 'Beyond Strokes' at Roerich International Memorial Centre (Naggar, Kullu) and 'Desert Symphony' at Cottage Art Gallery (New Delhi).
Her paintings on the Famine, depicting its impact on women and children in India, won her a National Award in 2003. She was also a visiting artist at the East West Centre, Hawaii. She has conducted auctions of her artworks in Cambridge in 2007, for raising charity for children’s food and education. She also won the Valparaiso Foundation Fellowship (Mojacar, Spain) in 2009. She has recently been honored with the Kala Shiromani Award 2008.
The Times Of India has brought out a book, Beyond Strokes, based on her selected artworks. She is now the recipient of the Achiever Of The Year 2009, and also of the Artist Of The Year 2009. Her collections are displayed at the office of the Prime Minister of India (New Delhi, Kerala, Rajasthan), Cabinet Secretariat (New Delhi), Raj Bhavan (Chennai and Punjab), the office of the High Commissioner Of India (London and Tehran) and the office of the Counsel General (New York and Toronto).
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