I am an artist hailing from the picturesque town of Nainital at the foot hills of the Himalayas in the Uttarakhand region of India. As long as I can remember I have had a keen interest in art. Starting from my childhood days till the present so many things have changed in my life but my passion for art has remained as it is. I have an intense passion for preserving our traditional heritage and to make its presence felt globally.
In the Uttarakhand region of India since times immemorial specific patterns have been used during auspicious events i.e. marriage ceremonies or festivals like Deepawali. These patterns are termed "Aipan" in the local dialect.
There is immense sanctity attached to the institution of marriage in our culture. So much so that at the moment of arrival of groom at the doorsteps of the bride to be, he is considered to symbolize "Lord Vishnu". Lord Vishnu as per the Indian mythology is the deity responsible for maintaining this world. Since he is considered to be the embodiment of the supreme being, these motifs were traditionally made on earth using wet ochre mud (geru) to welcome him. Once the area covered with geru dried, then these patterns were made by hand using "biswar" which is sort of a white ink made by soaking raw rice in water and later grinding it.
Embedded in these exquisite pieces of work are floral patterns, lines and dots. The motifs use universal symbols i.e. moon and sun, the conch "shankh" and the bell "ghanti". The most important component amongst these are the double wavy lines which are considered auspicious. These double wavy lines are the hallmark of the authenticity of "Aipan".
With modernization, the practice of making these unique patterns has become obscure. The present generation is oblivious to the significance of various components of Aipan which the elders knew in great detail.
In an effort to revive and disseminate this beautiful art to places far and wide, I have taken up the task of translating these unique patterns on paper. This art form is suitable for enhancing the beauty and serenity of our surroundings .