DELHI / LIFE
Indian Imagery, Japanese Technique
While her husband was posted as Minister
in the Embassy of India in Tokyo in 1994, she mastered the Japanese
technique of Nihonga. Today she is perhaps the only Indian artist
who paints Indian imagery in this Japanese technique.
After studying Nihonga under the guidance of Japanese teachers and artists, Madhu returned to India and held a solo exhibition of her works, "Pathar Ke Rangon Se" at Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi in 1999. " Nihonga involves the use of rock mineral pigments which are derived from shells, corals, semi precious stones and even gold and silver leaves," she informs. " This technique originated in India centuries ago but travelled to the Far East and got adopted there."
the occasion of India and Japan celebrating 50 years of their diplomatic
relations , Madhu has been invited to organise an exhibition of paintings,
`Folk Expressions' in Japan. " It is an honor for me as an Indian
artist that my exhibition has been selected for this occasion,"
she says. "This has given me an opportunity to contribute my
bit in projecting Indian cultural heritage and traditions to the people
of Japan once again.