Reviving the art of Batik
Now 76, well-known Batik artist Suhaas Manjrekar-Pole is finally set to showcase her works at an exhibition at the Nehru Centre
Poles’s paintings are more folk-inspired. She says she gets attracted to vibrant colours and finds them immensely interesting. “I constantly observe things around me. I go through a lot of magazines and if I find something appealing I decide to paint it,” she explains. Pole’s paintings are woman-centric. She says, “My paintings are dedicated to cherish women. I can explore with lot of colours while painting. Women–centric themes adds allure to my paintings.”
When asked which is her favourite painting, she says, “My favourite is Gawlan (cattle breeders) where I have shown three women carrying mud-pots on their heads. I have played with a variety of colours in this painting and the final result has come out well. There is another work titled Duet which displays two women, one holding the headcover and the other humbly looking towards the ground. This painting captures the essence of feminity gracefully.”
Pole’s artworks are vibrant in colour as she likes her paintings to spread happiness. But why did it take her 40 years to showcase her works to the public? She tried to exhibit her works in 1972 and had applied to a prominent art gallery but after waiting for six years, she gave up and focused on bringing up her kids. “Now that they are grown up, my children encouraged me to showcase my paintings. After much persuasion I decided to try my luck again and got lucky.” she laughs.
When: Until June 10
Where: Nehru Centre, A/C Gallery, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Call: 24963426 /24964676/80