My monogram is SOMA. Soma is one of the chakras as per Tantra, one of the ancient Indian sciences. Soma chakra is located in the forehead and is penultimate to the chakra of salvation. It is a Chakra symbolising consummate balance of the masculine with the feminine.
Biography: I was born in Andhra Pradesh, India and was brought up in Tamil Nadu and Andhra pradesh, in the milieu of literature, classical music and the cultural influences of both these States. As I grew up I was exposed to multi-culturalism of a different order, which has influenced my thinking and outlook towards life, particularly liberalism in the ways of life. I am a Human Resource Management professional employed in the corporate world. I am a self-taught artist who has learnt to temper water colours and from there slowly graduated towards oil paints. Of late I have gravitated towards the medium of acrylics. Currently I work mostly in acrylics with occasional forays into pastels, conte crayons and water colours. To me the world of colours opens up infinite possibilities of mute expressions of the inner unconscious, of the psycho-spiritual realms and of the chaos both within and with out. It is a medium through which I try to balance out the existential issues and fill up the vacuum of inner spaces. I am fascinated by the grace of the human forms and that of nature, which finds its expressions through several of my works. Music and equally silence is a compelling force for me, along with personal relationships, which inevitably find their rhythms with me and awaken the quest to discover more of myself through working with colours. To me Colours are therapeutic, at once revealing their infinite possibilities of identification with the immanent and at the same time satisfying a certain hunger and thirst for self-expression, almost like snapshots of growing up. I am very fond of photography which at times serves as the base for my paintings. My reading helps give form to my thoughts and feelings. I am trying to exhibit my works in a gallery in India or abroad and am currently building up the portfolio for that purpose.
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