Widely known Indian-international abstract artist Sujata Bajaj, carries a special relationship with the form of Ganesha and has been painting, etching and sculpting this form for over 30 years. A recently published book carrying the title ‘Ganapati’ retraces this artistic journey. The book was launched in Rome on May 3 at the Embassy of India in Rome. The book has already been launched in Jaipur, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and in Dubai.
Sujata Bajaj who lives between France, India and Dubai, has a special connection with Ganapati and her fascination with him is like the deity, abiding. From effortless and endless sketches to vibrant, more demanding paintings and original sculptures, she has challenged herself in all possible mediums.
In this particular body of works the traditional poses of Ganesha become expressions of an artist, well versed with the avant-garde currents.
The book was launched by Ambassador Anil Wadhwa and Professor Francesco Buranelli, Inspector of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology of Vatican and Secretary of Commission for Cultural Heritage of the Church and previous director of Vatican museum.
A significant crowd including directors of museums, curators, scholars and art connoisseurs attended the event and contributed to the exceptional ambience of the evening.
“This is a timeless book with 30 years of work inside it and it took 3 years to make it. I want to take this book to the entire world, to the right type of people, who admire art; over the next two-three years,” exclaimed the artist.
Also on view were some of Sujata Bajaj’s compelling abstracts for which she is known, and where her dominion of colour is highly visible.
Professor Buranelli spoke for roughly half an hour highlighting several aspects of Sujata’s art by comparing her lines with the lines of a master like Pablo Picasso.
Buranelli described the book as an exquisite volume with more than 150 images, stating enthusiastically. “Look at this line; definite, continuous, unbroken. With a single stroke she portraits the god. Its simplicity is shocking and this simplicity becomes purification. It is really a moment of deep meditative spirituality.”
“The response of the audience was amazing and I was very touched to learn that a scholar and art connoisseur as important as professor Buranelli had spent two weeks doing research on my work” the artist expressed.
“Sujata is not an ordinary artist. She is indeed a great artist who commencing from what she learnt from western art is returning something new to it. The colors are returned by Sujata to western art enriched by her cultural baggage, her civilization and her optimism towards life. It is like the rise of a new day, like the rising of sun shining upon the world, a world in which Ganesh dominates and protects mankind,” the professor added.
This journey will continue, Sujata said. She has been invited to launch the book in several other cities around the world, with the next launch in New York on May 18 and others in Paris in November, Hyderabad, Madras,Bangalore, London and Singapore.