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Reason Why This Jaipur Woman Is Exhibiting Her Late Husband’s Artwork Is Beautiful

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  •  September 10, 2016


Yesterday, we were invited for the grand beginning of Four Points by Sheraton’s CSR activity. Curated by Soumya Art Expedia, the on-going show is focusing on the artworks of women and underprivileged artists.

Aashish Vyas, GM, Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, told JWB, “We’ve decided to dedicate a particular hotel wall called the ‘Wall for Women’ to this cause. The idea is to showcase women, underpriviledged and budding artists who don’t get the platform they deserve.”

Aashish Vyas

It’s beautiful how the hotel has decided to support one of the most sidelined careers in our country – that of an artist.

Purnima Koul, an artist herself, liked the idea so much that she, along with Curator Soumya Vyas, collaborated with the hotel to encourage such artisans to come forward. For this event, she showcased her late husband’s artworks.

Ajit Koul, a renowned artist from Rajasthan, who we lost about five years ago, was known for paintings oozing the beauty of Mother Nature and women on one canvas. He was recognized as the ‘Gold Plaque’ by the CM of J&K.

While talking to JWB, Purnima remembered how her late husband used to spend days to complete the paintings. “During work days, he preferred staying alone on the first floor of our home. Nobody was allowed up there,” smiled Purnima.

She even shared some fond memories with Ajit, “Ours was the happiest marriage. He used to address me as ‘Gudda’. He was a Kashmiri Pandit while I, a Baniya. 65 years ago, we got hitched in an arranged setup. He loved me unconditionally. Since I am an artist too, we used to discuss color palettes and patterns. However, he always pretended to be smarter, overhearing everything I would suggest. But being the sweetheart that he was, he made sure to use all my ideas.”

Soumya of from Soumya Art Expedia understood her heart and helped her plan the show. Soumya shared with us, “I am not a painter, but I understand art. My artist father helped me stay close to the canvas in many ways. Today, with this exhibition, I feel content as well as inspired.”

Soumya Vyas

JWB urges our readers to visit Four Points by Sheraton, Jaipur and enjoy the art show. The paintings are for sale, in case you decide to decorate your living room or courtyard.

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