An exclusive collection of paintings that highlighted the intricate relationship between religion and spirituality through art was exhibited on 25th July, Thursday at the Nehru Centre.
Sushma Johri's collection “Ancient beliefs or Science?” depicts the roots of Indian mythology, and explains the significance of religious traditions and cultures in modern day life. However, mythical stories are often lost to varying narratives over the years and the conflicted messages passed over generations result in loss of faith. Through her paintings, sculptures and artwork, Sushma hopes to distinguish the threads of spirituality and religion.
“Everyone aims for the peak of the mountain and aside from our work we believe in spiritual and religious practises.
“The difference between spirituality and religion is that there are different religious groups with each group having it's own set of beliefs and practices. Whereas, spirituality thrives on the essence of all religions,” said Sushma.
Aside from her paintings she has also written books on Indian mythology, spirituality and tradition. Her books talk about the significance of the traditions behind nine Hindu goddesses and the tradition of celebrating Navratri, the only Hindu festival celebrated twice in a year. In her book, she also explains the appearances of the goddesses and the storyhave multiple arms and objects in their hands. Her books are are written to appeal to the younger generation who follow logical reasoning as opposed to blind faiths and therefore provide a greater insight into the science connecting the body, mind and soul. Sushma conducts lectures on the meaning and benefits of spiritual art and also teaches art in her home studio. As a trained artist, Sushma encourages young Asians to pursue their passion in the field of performing arts and culture today.
The exhibition was attended by artists such as Pieter Weltevrede of the Sanatan Society who had all the way from Holland to appreciate Sushma's paintings. While several performers such as Asmita Tawade among others performed Bharatnatyam, and Kathak pieces.