The 56th Solo Exhibition entitled “Earthly Heaven” by noted Indian artist Surjit Akre was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on January 20, 2012. The exhibition which will continue till January 31, 2012, consists of 61 recent painting, oil on canvas on different themes. In the exhibition, the artist interprets her feelings of love to her motherland and her countrymen.
Ms. Mаnеka Gandhi, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), was the Chief Guest of the function, and Ms. Archana Shastri, Professor, Contemporary Indian Arts and Photography & Head of the Department of Kaladarshana, Indira Gandi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, the Guest of Honour.
In his welcome remarks, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, said that the exhibition assumes special dimension as it is being dedicated to the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the erstwhile Soviet Union and Republic of India. This major painting exhibition organized at the RCSC is part of the series of important and interesting functions dedicated to this date. He said that later this year the people of India could witness the Festival of Russian Culture, being organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. It is significant that Surjit Akre has gifted some of her paintings to Madam Putina, First Lady of the Russian Federation, and Valentina Tereshkova, First Woman-Cosmonaut of the World, Mr. Rozovsiky added.
Sharing her experience, Surjit Akre said that the present show depicts the love for Earth and its present life. As she says, “In Heaven we will not do all the things what we liked to do in this life, eat, drink, go to parties, play tennis, etc. Earth is so beautiful and I try to depict all the beauty in my canvases”. The inner life of a young woman, her desires and aspirations are well presented in her works. Young damsels, surrounded by serpents and a messenger-bird, representing life and hope, and the life a young woman within the four-walls of her house while she is busy with her creative act besides holding the moon in her hand all the time being in communication with her lover constitute her works.
Surjit Akre, a fine artist with a sound academic training, has the honour to be the first Indian artist studied painting at the prestigious Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, St. Petersburg, Russia. She has displayed her works since 1985 onwards in group shows and solo shows at various galleries of Delhi and outside at national and international levels. These shows have always exposed her penchant for originally and innovation. She has used both compositional skill and textural qualities in her works, sometimes in romantic vein.
Decorated with the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in St. Petersburg, she is the Founder President of the Indo-Russian Roerich’s Art Society affiliated to the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi. In 2009, she was awarded the Pushkin Medal by the President of the Russian Federation.