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Sujata Bajaj will trace her journey from Wardha to Jaipur to Pune to Paris, which includes Norway and Dubai along the way. She will speak about her life, her journey, her PhD thesis on Indian Tribal Art, her lines, her colours, her artistic language and vocabulary. She will speak of her inspirations, her experiences at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and her friendship with S. H. Raza.
She will be in conversation with Yumna Hari Singh Jawa. The talk will be preceded by a concept presentation of the series by Mr. Chiranjiv Singh, Chairman, Art Mantram Trust.
This is the first in a series of talks by six renowned artists of Indian origin who have forged their destiny in far off shores. This series aims to represent them to audiences at home.
The Indian Artists Abroad series is in collaboration with Art Mantram:
Art Mantram Trust is a not for profit organisation in the space of promoting Art, Artists and Art Awareness.
Well known Contemporary Indian artist Sujata Bajaj lives between Paris, Dubai, Norway and India.
Born in Jaipur, Sujata grew up in Wardha in a Gandhian family, moved to Jaipur and Pune. She went to Paris at the insistence of S. H. Raza, where she was awarded an invitation scholarship by the French Government. She enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Superieur Des Beaux-Arts, and worked at Studio Claude Viseox.
Her works have garnered many an accolade—Raza described her as ”one of the best artists of her generation, someone with clear artistic concepts” and French writer Jean-Claude Carriere remarked, ”I would say Sujata has invented the colour red. Or maybe, reds.” Her choice of abstraction is not in any way a surrender to facile temptation; rather, it is a storehouse of diverse influences. When Bajaj paints, she surrenders wholly to her subconscious mind and the viewer is invited to surrender to the result, a beautiful harmony of order and disorder, chaos and peace.
Her works have been displayed on global platforms, and they are part of several important collections. You can see her work on her instagram handle @sujatabajaj.art
Yumna Harisingh Jawa
Yumna Hari Singh Jawa has worked across Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, through her associations with AIESEC, participating and leading youth conferences, and later at Cadbury Schweppes, where she worked on policy responding to issues such as obesity. She serves as a General Committee member of the Bangalore Club and is a consultant and ethical auditor for Good Corporation, UK.
She began working with the Arts in 1999 and is today, Founding Trustee and Vice-President of ArtMantram Trust. Yumna is currently curating the Glass House Festival, Poetry from around the World.
Chiranjiv Singh is a former Ambassador of India to UNESCO in Paris. An Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1969 batch, he retired in 2005 as the Development Commissioner of Karnataka and Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka. After his retirement he has been associated with numerous non-governmental organisations working in the fields of rural development, environment and culture. He was awarded the Rajyothsava Award in 2005 by the Government of Karnataka for his achievements.