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Pratiksha Bothe

I born in 1987 in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra & working in Pune, (Maharashtra) as an artist. I obtained G.D. Art from Mumbai University (Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune). Also has completed  PG in Indology from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.

My journey in art field began as a “Graphic Designer” with an advertising agency. I started thinking about sensitivity and intent of the paintings… I have studied in Indology, about the history and cultures, languages, and literature of the Indian subcontinent...the blend of Indian culture & History indirectly flowed in my paintings. Sensitive and full of colour, my paintings are a reflection of my mind. I paint religious stories, decorative motifs, symbols etc. in my own way.

The medieval temples of India feature a female figure in the sculpture strategy. That is called "Sursundari". The celestial female is a ubiquitous motif in the visual arts & architecture of India & those artistic traditions. I want to show that Sursundari through my paintings. She reminds me of our ancient Art & the culture of Harappa civilization, the world's most ancient civilization.

 It is widely accepted that the Harappan people worshipped a Mother Goddess. The Recovery of a large number of Mother Goddess figurines, suggests that Mother Goddess worship or the fertility cult was widespread and popular in the civilization. Terracotta, steatite and metal figurines of girls in dancing poses, recovered from Indus valley excavations show the presence of some dance form as well as skilled craftsmanship. The most interesting and famous figurines are the bronze Dancing Girl, the steatite Bearded Priest-King and the terracotta Wheel Cart etc.

The blend of Indian culture constitutes the subjects of my paintings. This is my own way of showing the fusion of our Ancient culture & Art.

List of past exhibitions:

Solo Show :

  • 2019 - Malaka Spice, Organised by IGA Associates, Pune
  • 2016 - Hyatt Regency, Pune
  • 2015 - Novotel  Hotel, Pune

Group Show :

  • 2020 - "Colours of Life" Organised by Cancer Patients Aid Association, Mumbai
  • 2020 - Captivating Canvases, Banyan Art Gallery, Ludhiana, Punjab
  • 2020 - Artvista Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2019 - "Colours of Life" Cancer Patients Aid Association, Cymroza Art Gallery,  Mumbai
  • 2019 - Marigold Banquet Hall, Pune
  • 2019 - Balgandharv Art Gallery, Rotary Club Presents Charity Exhibition for Flood Victims in Maharashtra, Pune
  • 2018 - Malaka Spice, Pune
  • 2017 - “Art Amigos", Studio Pepperfry, presents  Orangetree  Art gallery,  Pune
  • 2017 - Pune Biennale, Pune
  • 2016 - Hotel Dario's, Pune
  • 2014, 16 - Balgandharva Art Gallery, Pune
  • 2013 - “Prayas”, State Art Gallery, Hyderabad
  • 2010 - “Chatak”, Monsoon Show, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2008, 09 - Pradarshak Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2006, 07, 08 - State Art, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 2005, 06 - State Art Exhibition, by Kala Aunsh Group
  • 2008 - Balgandharva Art Gallery, Pune
  • 2003, 05 - South Central Zone, All India Art Contest, Nagpur

List of prizes and recognitions earned: 

Awards :

  • 2008 - Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune
  • 2007 - V. V. Oak, Lokmanya Tilak Exhibition, Pune
  • 2005-06 - On the spot Landscape Competition, State Level
  • 2005 - Kala Aunsh Group, Dhulia

Participations :

  • 2006, 05, 04 - Art Society of  India, Mumbai
  • 2006, 05, 04, 03 - Chitari Academy, Pune
  • 2003, 05 - 17th  South Central Zone, All India Art Contest, Nagpur
  • 2004 - National Level, “Kalanand Prayas”,  Zarkhand
  • 2003 - State Art, Mumbai, Maharashtra