Naguesh Rao Sardessai
A trained graphic designer and graduate in visual arts from SNDT College, Pune, Priyanka Hanumanta Jagangada grew up in an artistic atmosphere with an artist father as her inspiration. She took up dancing when she was eight-years-old and went on to complete ‘Arangetram’ when she was barely seventeen-years-old.
Priyanka has performed at various dance programs and festivals across Maharashtra, and these have won her numerous awards. However, destiny had other plans. Having developed a painful knee problem, she had to abandon her dream of being an accomplished dancer. As she drifted into visual art, she began mulling over future plans. Her innate creativity led her to discover a new technique of painting with coffee whilst at a workshop.
Over the years, she has mastered the technique and merged it with other techniques for fresh outputs. Priyanka has spent time with the Adivasi tribes of Maharashtra to gather first hand information and experience on the art of Warli painting. Using a plywood base coated with a layer of paper, she has traced the Warli design over the base and then used a cone to lay layers of ceramic paste. Each layer is left to dry before the next one is laid. Having employing varied methods, she created different designs with bold as well as fine decorative patterns. These designs were coated with various shades of coffee and were later glazed creating an appealing piece of art.
Priyanka has wonderfully combined tribal Warli art with modern technique and has enlarged it to give a mural effect. Having displayed thirty art works at Kala Academy, those which stand out are Gandhi, Haida and many more. She has combined Warli art, Egyptian art and Chinese art with modern genres to give her works an individual identity.
Priyanka’s works are aesthetically pleasing as well as technically apt. She is a member of the Women Artists Group and works towards the promotion of art with an intention to reach out to other promising women artists.
She has a promising future and plans to move beyond conservative paintings in order to explore and develop new genres.
(Priyanka Hanumanta Jagangada from Pune, Maharashtra, is showing her unique works at the Goa Kala Academy’s Art Gallery)