Mandalas arose in Indian and Himalayan religious traditions as artistic ways of representing the spiritual universe. The ancient Hindu scriptures think of time as circular, having a creation period, a period of flourishing existence, and a destruction that leads to another inevitable creation.
While discovering more about Mandalas, we found Aakriti! Her work was so spellbinding that we reached out to her to get a candid interview, and to know more behind the beautiful brain creating the meditative mandalas.
From great struggles takes birth all great things, and to fight the negativity and stress in her personal life this beautiful artist from Bengaluru gave herself into Mandala art. Very soon her cursory interest turned into a passion, and she felt that art was sacred. Art gave her the strength to fight the problems in her life, all the negativities and taught her how to stay positive.
Not just stuck to mandalas, and she still pursues her hunger to learn and delve into more art forms, the last learning session she took was of paper craft, when she realized that it was another art she wanted to learn more about.
This self taught artist belives that everyday is a new learning experience when she comes across other art forms and artists around the globe.
Her own home is her nest where all her creative mandalas and other art forms take life. When asked about one tip for blooming artists, she said, ” Regular practice and innovation are the two things that work for me. I follow the cyclic process of Create – Introspect – Improve each time I do something new. Hopefully this will help the learners too!”
Thank you, Aakriti for inspiring us today.
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The post-war era seems old fashioned to us now, but at that time, humanity was experiencing life in ways that adults of the time could not have even conceived of as children. With a new world, came new perspectives, new attitudes, and new lingo. That is when Lawrence Alloway, a British art critic, coined the term POP- art in reference to art that mimicked consumerism and popular culture.
A marvelous pop-artist of our time, meet PLAPP’s brilliant find Jenny Bhatt.
An artist since the last 23 years, the story of Jenny Bhatt will acquaint you with how mystically life chooses for you what is meant for you. Inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, the feminist pop artist that changed the art world, later in the article you will discover how the life of Jenny unfolded from working at Apple Computers to delving in humor and pop art.
Artistically inclined since childhood, Jenny studied visual communication in college when it was considered a safer career option. She then worked at a digital design studio when Apple Computers, the company that values design phenomenally, first came into India and then at a leading advertising agency, Lintas (now Lowe).
Circumstances changed, when her mother fell ill. During that
time, she began freelancing as an illustrator and cartoonist while holding art
exhibitions concurrently. Meanwhile, she illustrated 9 Children’s books and
also wrote a book on humorous art. Just like her life, her art too changed
directions. Her painting followed the trajectory of surrealism to abstraction
and then gradually moved into pop art or pop surrealism.
Her mother’s illness was a major influence in her work and
thought process. She learnt Reiki and Transcendental Meditation to try to help
her and ease the stress. She started reading philosophy and learning yoga. She
also went to readings of the Indian philosophical texts like the Gita and the
Upanishads and read a lot about mind-body medicine. Vedanta then became a major
influence and she became interested in spirituality. Her work had become
abstract by then.
Concurrently, she was writing on art and spirituality and
started a comic strip called ‘Inside Ouch’ which was published in a
mind-body-spirit magazine and ran for 5 years. She had begun studying modern
Indian master abstractionists whose works were rooted in spirituality and was exploring
her cultural identity as an Indian artist.
She began looking for a scientific explanation of how
meditation worked, and came across theories of Particle Physics, and started
equating them with ideas from Hindu and Buddhist texts.
She soon realized that both Quantum Theory and the religious
texts arrived at the same conclusion – that all matter is energy and all energy
is vibration. This is also the basis of alternative vibrational healing
methods, like Reiki and Colour Therapy.
She began to use Colour Therapy in her work.
She started the ‘Tshirt Project’ some years ago, as a way to
satirise the then art world, and soon realized that humour was a large part of her
individual artistic voice. She created MokshaShots in 2008. Since then, it has
been shown in Mumbai, Delhi, New York, London, Amsterdam, Sydney and Berlin.
Her mother passed away in 2011, after being bed-ridden for
15 years. It left her traumatized and confused. She started performing stand-up
comedy to cheer herself up. She then performed at leading art venues including
Art India the India Art Fair.
She came to experience humour and pop art as much more
accessible because they were about universal experiences. She started a
webcomic and published a comic book based on the MokshaShots characters. She
now has a new comic strip called ‘Two Girls Talking’ based on her everyday
MokshaShots continues as an art practice, and she strives to
create healing experiences through art and humour.
She is still a learner at heart and learns things online,
and her room is the cozy corner where she thinks her creative best.
When asked about what tip she would like to give to this generation of artists, she suggested to learn by reading, making art and analysing one’s art and oneself.
We think she is not just a wonderful artist, but her struggle has also adorned her with a heart of gold.
To find more such artists, visit www.PLAPP.in/blog
When we first are still and sit in meditation, it is common for us to hear all our inner riff-raff share their ideas.
Self-confidence is indicated by how strongly we believe in ourselves and in our ability to complete a task or speak up what we’re thinking and feeling. It is an assuredness in ourselves for who we are. A confident person means what they say, and says what they mean. A confident person is not someone who has mastered all things, but rather, someone who is comfortable with failure, with process, with figuring things out on the fly as they go.
“Oh man I didn’t email that person back!” “My mom’s birthday is next week – what am I doing for her gift?” “I really messed up that report at work today, crap…” “How long have I been meditating? This isn’t working!”
As we practice witnessing and not reacting to each of these thoughts, we start to discern which voices are really worth listening to, and which are just static.
Our featured PLAPP artist, JYOTI KAUNDINYA, who is into fitness, wellness and meditation tells us ” At heart, I am an adventurous soul. Women empowerment and physical, mental and spiritual fitness are causes which I hold very close to my heart and that’s what I want to dedicate my life to.” Jyoti, who was an enterpreneur, faced many challenges in her personal and professional life. According to her, every woman have the power to overcome their road-blocks if they are consistent with their hardwork and are strong from inside. These life hindrances motivated Jyoti to take up the path of meditation and focus on personality and skill development. She also believes “I’m my biggest asset. Everything I have done in my life, all my time spent learning life skills and all my hard work has been targeted towards building my personality and finding success for myself. If I hadn’t believed in myself and invested in myself, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Jyoti believes that the only inspiration one can have is from their own self, though she would give credit to her mother who helped her overcome the hindrances at every stage of her life. She also runs her own fitness studio ‘The Mind Body Spirit Studio’.
Jyoti’s tip for learners is – “Just get up and get to work. Just do it! Your dreams are your responsibility, they’re your battle to fight-no one else will fight it for you. There will be many people who will tell you that you’re not good enough because of your age, your gender or your education. Don’t pay heed to such people, but surround yourself with positive people who believe in you. That will make you believe in yourself and that is the only way to walk on the path towards your dreams!”
Within every writer, there lies great potential to shape and mold the thoughts of others. Using their words, writers can get inside your head, and make you see the world as they would like to. Take the case of the classics, for instance. Not having lost their relevance even after years (sometimes centuries) of being written, they still leave a lasting impression in the minds of the readers of this era.
With the advancement of the digital age, writing has spread its wings too. Nowadays, you will find many blogs and web journals on the Internet that record a writer’s journey. One of the most rewarding pastimes as well as a thought-provoking profession, writing surely is intricately connected to humankind.
Most of us have had an interesting experience. Maybe you’ve come away from a lively conversation, having learned something not just from what you heard the other person say, but from what you heard yourself saying in that conversation. Talking, at its best, can be a form of thinking. Socrates showed us this long ago. Yet most people talk just to communicate, question, or to grouse. But writing about something can at times be even more effective. Putting down on paper, or on a screen, what we’re thinking allows us both to create a new line of thought, and then to examine it, as if from a short distance, and gain even more perspective.
Our one such artist is a poetry-writer and a story-teller who does not shy away from sharing his piece of thoughts through his beautiful writings. He is not only an amazing writer but also an aspiring dentist. Taking out time from a hectic, tiresome routine for one own self and devoting that time into writing is something commendable. When we spoke to this artist, we got to know that his passion for writing was not just a sudden thought, but it was something he was experiencing once in his life, maybe some person or an incident.
Urdu poetry attracts our artist-writer the most and he considers Jaun Elia, the famous Urdu poet as his inpiration. He believes that writing poetry is a peaceful act with which he mentions Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh to be a place where there is extreme calmness and serenity for him to pen down his thoughts.
This made us infer that writing is not just a profession but an emotion that touches the soul. It should not be read but felt. Our artist believes “Be you & Be real, rest everything will into place.”
Resin Art, a fast emerging new art form that is sweeping the internet off its roots is now the talk of the town. Mostly people like us have seen only the pictures of this art form in which there is mixing, swirling of vibrant colours and dreamy patterns but none of us ever gave a thought about its origin.
Renowned for both its experimental nature and ethereal aesthetic, resin is proving particularly popular among today’s top creatives. While the compound- which can be cultivated naturally or synthetically created- has traditionally been used in polishes and varnishes, many contemporary artists and designers are finding new and inventive ways to incorporate the malleable material into their practice.
Lustrous like glass but compositionally similar to plastic, resin effortlessly pairs form with functionality, resulting in an endless amount of artistic possibilities,an eclectic selection of resin art, from spectacular sculptural works and three-dimensional “paintings” to twinkling jewelry and avant-garde furniture. Dazzling and diverse, this collection of crystalline art showcases the versatility and beauty of the remarkable material.
Nowadays, many people started following this form of Art and are actually applying to their households as well. Many people have started working with the resin materials themselves and have started contributing to the creative field of art. Lately, many people have been obsessed with creating pieces they can use. Coasters, trinket dishes, bowls and now, serving trays – all useful items and great for sale.
Photography, the field of art that is creating havoc in today’s world among youth as well as the society,is inspiring us, informing us and making us very much aware about the photogenic world. Photographs are the universal language of our era. It is for this reason why we need photographers. They are the ones who sort all the chaos of the world into beautiful images.
It is rightly said “Great photographers strings never go out of time”. Our one such inspiring artist is KEVIN SHETH, a 22 year mumbaikar who did his graduation in Photography. Kevin, who belongs originally from Kolkata, found his inspiration in the culture and the soothing atmosphere of Kolkata. Kevin says “It’s been a great journey with photography as it gave me the liberty to be candid and manipulative in my approach and achieve the results that I dearly visualized.”
Photographers are the dedicated, passionate and sometimes half-crazy individuals who are willing to give their lives, too often quite literally, to show us what needs to be seen, what needs to be known. I can think of no greater honor nor privilege than to have lived a life surrounded by images and the amazing individuals who create them and share them with us.
Kevin believes that every learning is a new learning and as an artist, it is very important to keep ourselves updated through various means. The greatest inspiration for Kevin is Bikramjit Bose who he thinks has a great aesthetic sense of different forms of photography.
Because of Kevin’s consistent hard work and dedication, Kevin is successful in what he does and runs his own business ‘Visual Affairs”.
Arundeep Singla, Managing Director, Brew Estate talks about his passion for business, and gives tips to budding future passionate entrepreneurs.
Please provide a brief overview of your product /service? We are North India’s largest Microbrewery and emerging to be best Microbrewery in India. We are a Café by Day and Pub by Night. We sell craft beers and other meals at our 7 outlets in North India.
What inspired you to build the above product/service? A need to change views of people about beers has majorly inspired us. We wanted to bring European culture of craft beers to India.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now? It was challenging to switch people to accept craft beers over common bottle bear culture.
How did you overcome initial mindset challenges? We stood out to prove how worthy our product is and why you should jump on to this. This is how people found out our value.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success? To me, It’s the Vision, Passion and out of the box thinking.
What is your life mantra? My mantra is: A human should always work hard. No matter where are you now, Its only you who determines where you would be in upcoming years of life.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well? For purpose of making our brewery to be known by huge mass, we use Instagram. It has helped us a lot in a while. It’s the most handy tool in present moment.
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive. Meditating a few minutes in morning makes me productive. Meditation isolates you from chatters of busy mind and boost up your energy and productivity.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself. I am more concerned to change my bad eating habits. I am more of a foodie person. I am trying to control my daily calorie intake.
What are your plans for next 3 years? In next 3 years, I envision myself having 100 international microbreweries and being India’s largest microbrewery.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time? I will try to do things more by using the technology. Manual way of doing lots of things has become obsolete.
What are your top three getaway destinations? My favorites are London, Paris and Switzerland.
Share a quote that inspires you the most. This is the quote from Shahrukh’s movie ‘Om Shanti Om’: Whenever you want something from the core of your heart, the whole universe makes adjustments to make it pass for you.
A noted Italian educator Loris Malaguzzi once said,
“Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands,
their eyes and their ears the resources of forms, material, sound and colors”.
While children are given the freedom they start exploring their passion, in
search of passion they search themselves.
Some children are born actors and some learn acting.
We recently met Tejaswini Popli, daughter of a renowned PCS Officer of tricity
& a hardworking well known teacher of tricity. Tejaswini acted in a Punjabi
movie, “Band Vaaje” as a child artist that was released in March 2019. Tejaswini says she wants to be an actor and
it is her passion to not only do acting but also directing as she grows up.
As we interacted with Tejaswini she shared with us
her experience of acting in her first film. She says, “It was like a dream
coming true, I loved shooting in winters, dressing for the scenes. Of all the
best part of the entire thing was the humble and caring actors I was surrounded
She thanked her parents for being her constant
support and supporting in her decision of acting and appreciating her passion.
Tejaswini explains that despite being away from school for shooting she managed
to get above 90% in her final exams. She says, “My mother’s efforts helped me
score well in my exams, she used to teach me on the sets while we were shooting
so that my syllabus gets completed on time and I become successful in both the
Sharing with us about how she felt seeing herself on
the screen, Tejaswini says she liked all her dialogues in the movie and
herself. Though all the artists are her favorite, but she is her own favorite.
Meeting Tejaswini made us realize to the core of our
heart as how important it is to have daughters at home. Her energy, positivity
and enthusiasm was something that is worth praising. A small girl full of
confidence and dreams sparkling in her eyes is indeed beautiful Tejaswini. She
believes in the line, “Mein apni favorite hun” and hence pampers herself to the
We wish her more success in coming years and we wait
to see her in the upcoming movies as well.
She finds joy in painting and creating different forms of artwork. The more she creates, the more satiated she feels and realises one can never use up creativity; it only makes you grow. She is none other than our talented artist Puja.
She started painting as a kid and completed her diploma in fine arts. However owing to studies and then job, she had completely lost touch with art. Very soon she realised had heart only for art. Art was something in which she found solace and peace. Then painting happened to her again like a true lost love found again.
Talking about her inspiration Puja says, “Mr. Avinash who is a calligraphy master and a professor. The dedication and simplicity with which he breaks down the beautifully designed alphabets into sequences of strokes, is remarkable!”
She believes that you should keep learning at every stage of your life. Puja recently attended Skillshare, a beautiful platform for all artists. She’s trying to pick up brush lettering and calligraphy through it. For all other beautiful artists she advises, “Be in no rush to learn. When it’s Art, paint or create like you have all the time in the world for yourself. Put on your favourite music and just create, allow it to be funny, ugly, unpresentable or just a mess. But POUR IT ALL OUT, your stress, your pain, your anger or anxiety or just happiness.”
Based out of the city beautiful Chandigarh, Savi is a full time artist who has always loved to draw since childhood. After graduating from the International Institute of Fashion Design with a bachelor’s in science, she got an opportunity to teach illustration and design which perhaps rekindled her lost desire to work as an artist. With time, Savi began to gain confidence to communicate using art as her language instead of just illustrating what anyone can easily photograph or see.
Savi says, “My current paintings are a reflection of my inner world, spiritual connection, the cosmos and even my daily life, sometimes even used to empower myself through not so good days.”
This super talented artist is still learning and exploring the something new everyday by currently studying Art Therapy. This not only mingled with her love and passion for human psychology and art, together. But also helped her in understanding her own workings as well.
This dedicated artist finds herself emotionally connected to alot of Frida Kahlo’s paintings. She appreciates the fact that Kahlo chose herself as her muse because she knew only herself, and wanted to better herself and Savi thinks too much emphasis is place on external materials and people these days to feel alive, worthy, and she inspires this budding talent each time to stay true to herself.
Savi remarks, “We only get better in what we are truly passionate about in life. Curiosity and passion are alot more important than anything else that is perceived to be naturally given to us. I also encourage to use art as your own personal language that you use to communicate with you own inner being and the world, and to not get lost in comparison. That is where the true joy of it lies.”