Friday, May 06, 2016

Exploring Life - and the Painting Mediums

Life takes us to unknown and unfamiliar territory. But I do have an optimistic outlook and look for the good side or the brighter side of life while acknowledging the realities.

A year ago, I was in Chennai, teaching as Associate Professor, and had no inkling that life was going to take a sudden turn. It was more than 15 years of passing out from NIFT in the year 2000 and I had been in full time jobs without a break. A year later, now I am in US, and pursuing full time art and writing. I don't know what life has in store for me next. However, I am trying to make the best out of the present time. Drawing, painting, photography, and writing (so far my PhD dissertation) has been keeping me busy.

Exploring acrylic on burlap canvas

These days the process of exploration is on again, like when I started as a fine art student way back in 1995. Am working with watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, pen and paper. Also exploring watercolour canvas, burlap canvas, and other bases for different results in painting. Abstracts, and geometric non-objective art has been fascinating me and that's what I am exploring these days. Combined with that, the folk art tradition of my native place that is seeking my attention, the Mithila art or the Madhubani painting. It is a folk art that I have watched my grandmother and aunts paint during marriage ceremonies in my family and community. It is fascinating to see and more fascinating is the process of exploring it in the context of contemporary art.

Work in progress - Watercolor on Watercolor Canvas

A sketch of Fish in the folk style of Mithila Art

Explorations have no end. Hope to post more photographs soon on my blog. Also going to update my website soon. Do let me know your feedback and comments.Will be happy to hear from you.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Along the Walking Trail

Going for a walk is something I prefer compared to using a treadmill. Walking outside gives an opportunity to enjoy nature with all your senses. If the walk is amidst nature, it is a visual delight. I enjoy listening to the sounds and the chirping of birds. And sometimes it also turns into an unplanned adventure trail :).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy New Year (Indian)

Happy Baisakhi, Rongali Bihu, Vishu, Pohela Boishakh, Jude Sheetal, Maithili New Year, Tamil New Year, New Year in many parts of India and all Indian festivals that fall between 13th to 15th April.

Happy New Year. Have a wonderful year ahead. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Holi

Wish you a very happy Holi. May this festival of spring, the festival of colours, fill your life with beautiful colours. 

Enjoy smile emoticon

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

My Hindi Poetry Collection "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan"- Book Release at NIFT, Chennai

Book cover of "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan"- Hindi Poetry Collection by Seema Kumar

As this book, and this post, is about my collection of Hindi poems Parag Aur Pankhudiyan, it was posted on my Hindi blog earlier. This post comes in late on my English Blog (has been in my "draft" for quite some time now). The related links on my Hindi blog have been given at the bottom of this post.

"Parag Aur Pankhudiyan" book released at NIFT, Chennai, during Hindi Pakhwada 2015

This book was released during the Valedictory function of Hindi Pakhwada (Hindi Fortnight), at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai. This book was released by Dr. Anitha Manohar, Director, NIFT, Chennai, jointly with my parents, who happened be in Chennai during that time. The book is dedicated to my husband, who was also present there, along with Mr. Shailesh Bharatwasi of Hindi Yugm Publication and the faculty, staff and students of NIFT, Chennai. 

Dr. Anitha Manohar, Director, NIFT, Chennai welcomes
Mr. Shailesh Bharatwasi, Hind Yugm Publication

Dr. Anitha Manohar, Director, NIFT, Chennai welcomes
parents of Ms. Seema Kumar for book release

Seema Kumar's book "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan" released 

Hindi Poetry Collection "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan" by Seema Kumar released

Hindi Pakhwada at NIFT Chennai from 10-23 September 2015

Invitation for Valedictory Function of Hindi Pakhwada 2015, NIFT, Chennai

Hindi Poetry Collection "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan" - Book by Seema Kumar

Valedictory Function of Hindi Pakhwada, NIFT, Chennai, on 23rd September 2015

Valedictory Function and Book release at Thiruvalluvar Auditorium, NIFT, Chennai

About the Book
This book is about many unspoken words, questions and conflicts about values, tradition, modernity, love, sacrifice, rebellion, patience, ambition, etc., that she had in her mind being the eldest daughter of a middle-class family. She expresses these complex emotions and questions in simple words through her poems. She also takes up simple, seemingly mudane events and emotions and expresses them in depth in her poetry. Selections from a range of emotions expressed by her from her early ages have been compiled as Parag aur Pankhudiyaan, which the readers often feel as an expression of their own.

About the Author
Seema Kumar is professionally a designer and design faculty, with a passion for art and writing. She is a graduate (B.A.) with Drawing and Painting (Honours), Master of Design (M.Des.) with Knitwear Design, and pursuing Ph.D. (Design). Her poems have been published in poetry collections, magazines, and blogs.
According to Leonardo da Vinci, 'Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.' Art, in different forms, is her passion since childhood. She likes to draw and paint, design, juggle with words and write, giving shape to imagination in different forms and cannot imagine her existence without being a part of all these, actively or passively.

SpecificationTitle        : Parag Aur Pankhudiyan (Hindi)
Publisher: Hind Yugm
Author    : Seema Kumar
Edition    : 1
Edition Number: 1
Language: Hindi
ISBN      : 9384419168
EAN       : 9789384419165
No. of Pages: 96
Publication year : 2015
Binding        : Hardcover 

The book can be purchased from the following links: 

Though my poems have earlier been published as group collection and websites, this book Parag Aur Pankhudiyan is my first book as single author. For those who read the book and gave me the feedback, I am very thankful. For those who are yet to read, do let me know your feedback after you read the book :).

Related Links:

Monday, February 08, 2016

Another Series of Wall Paintings at Chennai Central Railway Station by NIFT, Chennai, 2016

When I was contacted for the painting this time by Chennai Central authorities, I was out of India. While next series of more art work and murals were being planned at different railway stations within Chennai along with other faculty and students of NIFT, Chennai, I had to go out of India. Though I missed to be physically present this year, it is really good to see that my effort was recognised and Faculty and students of NIFT, Chennai, were again given this opportunity for creating art in the public spaces of one of Chennai's prime locations. 

Am very happy to see that the first year (Foundation Programme) students and team NIFT, under the guidance of their faculty Mr. V.R. Karthikeyarayan and Mr. Thomas Samuel did this wonderful, colourful series of paintings at Chennai Central Railway Station. And it is always good to see something good that you started, continues to grow and spread. I am sure that more good work is about to follow. Hope it becomes a legacy :)

Kudos to the creative and hard-working team of NIFT, Chennai.

Photo and Video Courtesy: Students of NIFT, Chennai

Friday, January 01, 2016

Wish you a very Happy New Year 2016

Wish you all a very happy, peaceful, joyful and prosperous New Year 2016.

May you have abundance of joy; love that overflows; wealth enough for all your needs and more to help the ones in need; gratitude so that you can cherish what you have; and a mind at peace to enjoy all your blessings.

Best wishes
Seema Kumar | 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Hignlights

2015 has been an eventful year for me at Chennai.

Started with the wall painting at Chennai Central in Jan 2015 (; my Hindi poetry collection "Parag aur Pankhudiyan" was released in Sept 2015 (; among other memorable events.

Chennai rain and flood was another unforgettable experience. As the year 2015 comes to an end, I would like to thank all my near and dear ones, family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, acquaintances, for being there for me.

Thank you all for liking my FB page, too:

Wish you all a very happy, joyous, healthy, and prosperous New Year 2016.

Wishing all your choicest dreams come true. May you get all your heart truly desires; hopes and dreams for the future; wishes that keep coming true; a wonderful life with no regrets; loved ones always by your side; and everything that mean a lot to you. |

Friday, July 10, 2015

Felicitation by Chennai Division of Southern Railway for Wall Art at Chennai Central

Felicitation of NIFT Chennai faculty and Director by Chennai Division
of Southern Railway for Wall Art at Chennai Central
Continuing from my previous post Wall Art at Chennai Central Railway Station in News, here is an update. On 9th July 2015, the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) organised a felicitation ceremony for the painting. Felicitation by DRM, Chennai Division, Southern Railway, for mural painting at Chennai Central Railway Station covering a total wall area of about 900 sq. ft., as three parts of the wall, with three different subject matter, started 31st Jan and completed 23 Feb 2015. The DRM felicitated the Artist (me) and the Director of NIFT, Chennai, Dr. Anitha Mabel Manohar for supporting this voluntary initiative of mural painting at Chennai Central Railway Station.

As mentioned in my last post, I was invited by Southern Railway, Chennai Division “to create art work at Chennai Central Railway Station to improve the aesthetics and visual appeal of the heritage structure”. This was under shramdaan for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Given below are some more visuals of the painting.

The first day - blank wall before stating the mural painting.

Part 1 of Wall Painting at Chennai Central -
inspired by Banana plantations of rural India

Part 2 of Wall Painting at Chennai Central -
inspired by geometric non-objective art

Part 3 of Wall Painting at Chennai Central
- inspired by lines

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Pandit Ravi Shankar's Mermerising Music Compositions

One of my favourite music these days is Pandit Ravi Shankar's Tarana. I find it just amazing and can listen to it any time and innumerable times. I also listen to this during working or writing. Mersmerising!

Another one is Shanti-Mantra by Pandit Ravi Shankar which I like to listen a lot, specially at the beginning of the day. Another amazing and mesmerising music composition.

After these two, I listen to a lot of other albums and compositions by the Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar , his daughter Anoushka Shankar and other Indian classical musicians.

As a child, I was introduced to Indian Classical Music (Vocal), along with Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti by my Bengali music teacher who used to come home to teach me and my siblings. I always had the interest, however, over the years, classical music for me had receded in the background. Thanks to these compositions, my interest in classical music has revived and I actively listen to Indian Classic Music, both vocal and instrumental, and enjoy it.