Representing “Buddham Saranam Gacchami” through art

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On the Occasion of Buddha Purnima last month, some art students from Delhi showcased their interpretation about the enlightened one through their canvases. The art exhibition, Buddham Saranam Gacchami, held at the Roop Chand Institute of Fine Arts (RCIFA) Gallery in Delhi, displayed a conglomerate of analysis of the Buddha, in its spiritual, intellectual or emotional aspect.

Part of the three refuges propagated by the Buddha, the meaning of the first refuge Buddham Saranam Gacchami is To the Buddha I go for refuge. However, it has a profound meaning beyond these simple words. The word Buddha means The one who knows. Thus, the first refuge focuses not on the historical figure of the Buddha, but on our inner nature, our basic goodness, and our innate wakefulness.

Set up in 2014, RCIFA is a place bubbling with the talent of upcoming artists. It is the result of the vision once perceived by Mr. Roop Chand, which has been transformed into a storehouse of talent. Mr. Roop Chand, a connoisseur of art, has dedicated himself to the development and representation of the colourful diversity of Indian culture through his paintings over the last twenty years. He has also devoted himself towards imparting his knowledge to the youth. The institute,apart from conducting classes, also organises themes-based art exhibitions on a regular basis.

The exhibition consisted of Mr. Roop Chand’s work titled Aura, which emphasised on the positive influence of the Buddha’s serene psyche over everything around it. The Lotus flower, an epitome of enlightenment in Buddhism, held a significant place in the works of Neelu Khanna and Namrata Khatri. The prominence of Buddha’s earthly element could be seen in Ankit Goel’s work.The light and shadow play highlighted the painting by Namish Arora, whereas the stupendous work by Sunil Kumar Saini conjoined two of the quintuple perspectives of Buddha’s appearance.

The painting by Laxman Kumar was a clever composition assimilating lighter tones, highlighting the theme of peace. The combination of hand signs or Mudras, signifying the motto of peace which was the supreme principle behind the Buddha’s teachings, was depicted beautifully in the work by Aman Anand, and also through the painting by Anjali Khokhar.

A very unique play of hues and contrasts was visible in the painting of Himanshu Maan, which represented the Buddha as a summation of all natural virtues. The painting by Sakshi Sharma displayed the silhouette of the Buddha enveloped by the halo of enlightenment.

The exhibition undoubtedly succeeded in showcasing the ethereal power of art in bringing to life the things we tend to forget in our busy lives.

A group exhibition of paintings titled Buddham Saranam Gacchami was held at the Roop Chand  Institute of Fine Arts (RCIFA) Gallery at Ashok Vihar, Delhi. For more information on the institute, visit www.roopchandifa.com.

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