Indian Folk Art Kalamkari led by Raksha Soni (Intended for Adults)

Monday, December 57:00—8:30 PMLarge Meeting RoomCary Memorial Library1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420

Join award-winning artist Raksha Soni to explore kalamkari in detail. She will teach a basic Kalamkari art workshop of making a peacock. In Kalamkari paintings, the peacock represents peace, passion, prosperity, and harmony.

The Indian folk-art form is a treasure which gets more valuable by-passing time. Kalamkari is an ancient style of hand painting that survived through the generations. Literal meaning of kalam is pen and kari refers to precise and intricate craftsmanship that made this art form stand out amongst others. Kalamkari was born out of the art of story-telling, and gained its recognition during the Mughal era and is now being adapted in contemporary ways. The themes and elements are inspired by nature, households, festivals, communities and mythology.

About Raksha Soni:

After 20 years of diligent work as a software Engineer for Siebel Systems and Oracle, Raksha Soni began an epic second act: to follow her true calling for Art. She studied fine arts while she was in school and college. She founded Brush & Paisley in 2017, to bring her art to new audiences. As an artist she is prolific and has had over a dozen exhibitions where she has showcased her signature style; from intricate Indian folk art to lush, opulent landscapes that capture the nostalgia and emotion of the nature. Along with furthering her own journey as an artist, she teaches young kids and adults helping them express and harness their creativity and find their artistic voice. She primarily works with oils, acrylics and watercolors. Her artwork has received numerous awards, and has been displayed at various charity in both India and the US.

In her own words “Art is a foundational part of my life, and I try to spend my free time experimenting with it. I express my gratitude, emotions, and admiration for nature and Mother Earth through color. My inspiration comes from the many sources: places I travel to, nature, architecture, culture and the people around me. The creative process gives me tremendous joy, satisfaction, and a sense of great accomplishment, and I hope this beautiful journey of self-discovery continues forever.”

For more information about Raksha Soni.

This program is made possible by the generous donors to the Cary Library Foundation.

In partnership with Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL).

This program is intended for adults.

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