Murals and decorative pots from ArtIdeaz Studio

Murals and decorative pots from ArtIdeaz Studio

Throughout the week, Mumbai’kars (citizens of Mumbai) are running around with a problem-solving agenda. Everyone is seen in pretty serious gear until weekend arrives.

Artistic tissue boxes from ArtIdeaz

Artistic tissue boxes from ArtIdeaz

Mostly weekends are spent for recreational purpose or pursuing ‘mindful’ activities. South Mumbai is an artistic hub, especially the Kala Ghoda area. The Jehangir Art Gallery, the Modern Art Gallery and the Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (earlier called Prince of Wales Museum) are monumental centres that exhibit art in all forms.

Manjiri Chandorkar, owner of ArtIdeaz Studio, Andheri (West), Mumbai

Manjiri Chandorkar, owner of ArtIdeaz Studio, Andheri (West), Mumbai

In the last week of December 2016, my friend, Manjiri Chandorkar, who is a talented artist, invited me for an exhibition in which she had exhibited her paintings at Coomarswamy Hall, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, Fort.

Utility boxes from ArtIdeaz

Utility boxes from ArtIdeaz

The exhibition was organized by Generation Art Foundation headed by Mr. Ghanshyam Gupta. Himself a highly qualified fine artist & having earned his Masters degree from Royal College of Art, London, Mr Gupta offers platform to promote artists through his foundation.

Manjiri Chandorkar with fellow artist Binal Patel

Manjiri Chandorkar with fellow artist Binal Patel

For more information visit: www.generationartfoundation.com Most of Mr. Ghanshyam’s work that was exhibited had the theme of ‘meditation’ ‘abstract’ and that of ‘mind focus’. Here’s the gallery of his work: http://ghanshyamgupta.com/index.php/gallery

Manjiri Chandorkar exhibiting her painting at Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya’s Cooparswamy Hall

Manjiri Chandorkar exhibiting her painting at Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya’s Cooparswamy Hall

Besides Mr. Ghanshyam’s work, Manjiri Chandorkar’s work stood out the most. A local newspaper- ‘DNA’ too featured her painting ‘Rosella in Paradise’. After completing her Diploma in Applied Art & Art Education from Pune, Manjiri first devoted her time to building her family, comprising of two beautiful daughters (Mukul & Riya) and her Sound Engineer husband Mr. Pramod Chandorkar. Today Manjiri is full time focussing on her own Andheri (West) based art studio named ‘ArtIdeaz’ where she, along with her artist team comprising of Binal Patel, Meghna D’souza & Kshama Rao create beautiful paintings and artefacts.

Manjiri and me

Manjiri and me

Manjiri and her group have mastered several techniques like relief work, oil, artefacts and express in mediums such as clay, paper mache and cone work. Breaking the stereotype that art only can be bought by elite population of society, ArtIdeaz have created artistic consumer products which can be afforded by any average income group person.

Mind Matterz, me and ‘mindfulness’- backdrop of Mr. Ghanshyam Gupta’s painting.

Mind Matterz, me and ‘mindfulness’- backdrop of Mr. Ghanshyam Gupta’s painting.

Only thing, he/she should have taste for artist products that come in the form of tissue boxes, magazine holders, table mats, coasters, jewellery boxes etc. For glimpses of team ArtIdeaz’s work click: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Artideaz/photos/ The ArtIdeaz group headed by Manjiri actively in participates in various exhibitions. It’s a group where passionate like-minded artists have come under one umbrella and are collectively working together for larger good.

Mr. Ghanshyam Gupta, artist, art curator and founder of Generation Art Foundation.

Mr. Ghanshyam Gupta, artist, art curator and founder of Generation Art Foundation.

My organization, Mind Matterz’s online merchandise store http://www.mindcart.in is one of the promoter of Manjiri’s ArtIdeaz’s art and creative products. The reason Mind Matterz is promoting art is because I strongly believe that every qualitative art form has ‘mindfulness’ value.  Thus Mind Matterz decided to tie up with ArtIdeaz since 2015 and in the process  promote art among the classes as well as the masses. To buy ArtIdeaz products visit www.mindcart.in or email info@mindmatterz.net /cmanjiri71@gmail.com

ArtIdeaz participating in Thane Upvan Festival’Jan’17. Binal, Manjiri and Kshama Rao.

ArtIdeaz participating in Thane Upvan Festival’Jan’17. Binal, Manjiri and Kshama Rao.

Just like a mobile phone requires charging to function smoothly, similarly humans to need positive charge to solve their problems. Art in any balanced form acts as a positive charger which stimulates the brain in form of visual (paintings/photography), auditory (music), smell (fragrances/food), taste (food & beverage) and touch (dance, food, massage art) form which thereby creates a positive charge. It’s a known fact that only after getting positively charged we can approach our problems with the application of our intellect. So, through this article I would encourage Mumbaikars and the world to experience art in some form atleast on weekend, to feel rejuvenated and fight the blues of the bygone week.

Painting exhibits at Coomarswamy Hall, Fort

Painting exhibits at Coomarswamy Hall, Fort

Photo Courtesy: Shraddha C Sankulkar, Manjiri Chandorkar. Aditya Chichkar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Shraddha. C. Sankulkar

Writing has always been a passion for Shraddha. She writes poems, lyrics, fiction, non-fiction & documentary film scripts. A consulting Psychologist and lecturer of Psychology by profession, Shraddha sees herself blooming into a creative writer and wishes to present her work world-wide. She manages her own website: www.mindmatterz.net - and writes content for it herself. The website is based on the principles of Positive Psychology and aims to promote the importance of mental health & well-being. Besides possessing a post-graduate degree in Psychology, she has earned yet another post-graduate degree in History from University of Mumbai. Travelling and photography are two hobbies that she is fond of. Having visited the U.S and U.K so far, she dreams to travel to different international destinations and thereby experience the culture and history of places that she visits. She is born and brought up in Mumbai, India, where she is currently residing. Email Shraddha