Shillong, March 19: The Botanical Survey of India, Eastern Regional Center Shillong organised a forthnight long Botanical Art Workshop at its premises, which is surrounded by a treasure trove of varieties of plant species.
The workshop is being organised under the stewardship of an internationally renowned artist, Mahaveer Swami.
Altogether sixteen Botany scholars and artists from different parts of the country participated in the art workshop.
The Botanical Art Workshop was initiated and facilitated by Dr A Mao, Scientist F and Head of Office, Botanical Survey of India, Eastern Regional Center Shillong, with the intention to introduce the fine arts of natural plants painting in the region.
Botanical Art is a unique style of a particular genre of art which promote and educate ecological awareness. Botanical art has emerged from the traditional Mughal miniature painting and Far East technique of wash painting, which Shri Mahaveer Swami hailing from Bikaner, Rajasthan has inherited and perfected the skill with excellence.
Since 1986 he has exhibited and trained several artists over fifty galleries across the world, with his personal collection at Hunt Institute in Pittsburg, the Museum of Sacred Art in Durbuy, Belgium, the Cultural International Festival of Miniature and Illumination in Tlemcen, Algeria and few other reputed institutions and collections. Mahaveer Swami is also a member of American Society of Botanical Artists and represented the country in its conferences.
The paintings done by all the participating artists and some of the artworks of Mahaveer Swami will be on display at MAD Gallery, Riti Academy of Visual Arts on 23rd and 24th March, 2018 from 4 PM to 7 PM.
With the intention to further the knowledge and awareness about nature and its properties, Dr A Mao said ‘Botanical art is a very significant aspect of scientific studies that will nourish inspiration and create precise understanding of every plant species’. The exhibition will also have an informal interaction with experts in vital information on botany and art.