During the course of the past few months, I have been a part of several art brunches across India, organised by Jyotiee Balani, the Marriott group and the Mercedes-Benz group. The Mercedes-Benz car serves as a beautifully engineered canvas and the Marriott hotel provides for an incredible setting and hospitality.
Recently, at the Fairfield Marriott, Coimbatore, I drew inspiration from the popular Tamil actor, Rajnikanth and kolam, a drawing typically done outside a house with the help of rice powder and water. To incorporate Coimbatore’s reputation as a textile hub, the kolam designs were interspersed with common Indian textile motifs on the Mercedes-Benz car.
In March 2019, the Art Brunch event was held at the Le Méridien, Jaipur. Given that the event was around Mahashivratri, I drew Lord Shiva on the bonnet of the car and infused the magic of bandhani and lehariya (which are types of tie and dye textile that are popular in Rajasthan, India) across the sides of the Mercedes-Benz car.
In December 2018, the Art Brunch event was held at The Westin, Koregaon Park, Pune. My fondness for history and culture resulted in an artistic interpretation of the famous Shaniwar Waada in Pune juxtaposed with the traditional tutari (a traditional wind instrument).