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Roohee Ali Khan

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exhibition/performance, abstract, digital, photography, traditional, modern, performance, landscape, mixed-media




Roohee hails from a family that traces its origin to the classical age of India’s prolific heritage. Born in 1st October 1984, Roohee is the paternal granddaughter of Padmashree Sarangi Nawaz Ustad Shakoor Khansaheb and maternal grand daughter of Ustad Niaz Ahmed Khansaheb. She is the daughter of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khansahab, who is the scion and the greatest vocalist of the great Kirana gharana. Roohee has music in her blood and music flows unabated through all manifestations in her life. Inspite of having a pitch perfect voice, Roohee chose the fingers of her hands to express the music in her. In her hands, the painting brushes become her Tanpuras and her imaginations and thoughts spring to life with the delicate touch of her brushes and pencils. The stage for Roohee is the white canvas and her Ragas are the images. (Ragas mean colour anyway).

HER COLOURS AND BRUSHES… “Paintings came to me right from my childhood quite effortlessly”, says Roohee. “I had always dreamed that I would be a painter someday and would hold exhibitions.The main reason was because I was growing in an environment surrounded by nature and truly speaking, I had an attachment to its beauty. Moreover, I was constantly influenced by art in its different forms. However, I never considered taking formal lessons in painting or the fine arts. Possibly that is why my paintings are more spontaneous than pedagogical. I don’t know to which school I belong to as per traditional definitions. I have try to paint whatever flashes in my mind’s eye. The many colours of the fleeting world around me, the times I have spent with myself, my imaginations, my longings and the melodies that incessantly resound in my home have all added colour to my paintings, and what they have emerged as, I myself do not know! All I know is that I have tried to speak through them, nothing too difficult or unintelligible, but very simple but fundamental emotions of our lives. I firmly believe that each aspect of nature is a device of God! Each of them has a particular way of transmitting messages of the Supreme One. I try to be as much as possible, in harmony with them so that I can understand some of these messages. These little experiences and little messages are what I put on my canvas using my brushes and colours. If they speak to you too, then I will consider my work successful.”

In this modern era, social issues such as murder, rape, poverty, theft, war, drug addictions and many are propagating like anything. Words and words have been passed on as a means to resolve these issues but to no avail. Most of my paintings, apart from their specific themes, also contain a general one which is humanity. One among my main goal is to use my paintings as a means to touch the heart of people so as to be able to resolve if not all, at least some of these issues. For example, when we speak of poverty, the general thought is that these people do not have money. But these people are poor in terms of finance, happiness and peace of mind. We are so busy in our own life that we hardly notice what is actually in these people. My painting “Children in poverty” has attempted to show the sadness and the distress which ruin these people sleep. As such I try to highlight many major aspects which we fail to notice in our day to day life.

Nowadays, due to rush all around, people are mentally tired. They do need rest. What generally people are doing is to run in search of a hotel or go away to other countries o simply they go for drinks every end of day. But what if someone sat in front of a painting, contemplating the peace in it? Let’s suppose the painting consists of birds on a tree. What if that person could imagine himself sitting under that tree, listening to the chirping of these birds, completely far away from the busy life? This is basically the impact that I want my paintings to have on people.

Furthermore, my paintings allow me to see beautiful smiles on people’s face. From times to times, I paint artists’ portraits and gift them. They are completely stunned and I get to capture lovely moments with them, that is, some beautiful moments of joy. Some of them are Ustad Zakeer Hussain Sahab, Salman Khan, Salim Khan ji, Salma Agha ji, Ustad Rashid Khan Sahab, Shafaqat Amanat Ali Khan Sahab, Roop Kumar Rathod ji, Sonali Rathodji, Sajid-Wajid, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khansaheb, Hariharan ji, Raza Murad sahab, Rahul Roy, Padmavibhushan Dr. Girija Devi and many more. I take along with me not only joyous moments but also the thing which I am always thirsty for, blessings!”

After her maiden exhibition in Goa, she will be exhibiting her paintings in other cities of India like, Mumbai, Pune ,and Delhi. Her contracted work for Casino Royal received huge success. The myriad colours and thoughts that play on her mind will all come to life at the Midas touch of her fingers. In the pipeline are exhibitions in more cities in India and also Dubai and Dhaka in September 2012.

WEB DESIGNING Roohee has not stopped content with her blueblood. She is someone who never stops after having found the key of one door only. She always tries to keep on acquiring knowledge in every possible way. She has completed her school leaving from the ICSE board with very respectable marks and as known to many, then chose her brushes and paints as her lifetime companion. Alongside, Roohee has acquired extensive experience as a graphic designer. Her vigorous willingness to keep on learning has made her qualified to work on HTML, C++, Java scripts and Flash. Roohee has a number of prestigious web pages which she has designed and amongst them is that of her father, the very illustrious Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and also that of the very famous prodigy of the Kirana Gharana, Arshad Ali Khan. Below are some of the web pages that she has designed



The innate artist in Roohee is never at rest. In between all her activities regarding events, computer designing or managing all professional affairs of her father, Roohee finds time for singing, painting and photography. She indeed makes it a must to continue the legacy of the Kirana Gharana, as her grandfathers, Padmashree Sarangi Nawaz Ustad Shakoor Khan and Ustad Niaz Ahmed Khan and father Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan have been doing. She had also been an anchor in a Ghazal Programme “Avshar” for Doordarshan Kolkata in the year 2005 And what’s more, she actually had played back (sung) for a play, Gauhar Jaan which was staged in Kolkata, in the heritage building of the zamindars Chhatu Babu and Laatu Babu’s house where her stalwart father was the lead singer. Furthermore, along with Suhel Rais Khan, Roohee has launched an album entitled New Generations of Music.

 A secret being revealed, Roohee is a real passionate of the tyres, gears and roads! Yes, she loves her car and driving. During her free time, Roohee usually goes for long drives! No wonder why she is always so jolly.


Recent Exhibits

Roohee Ali Khan participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2012 RooHee's Perceptions
Savenka Indian Art Hotel
Nov, 2010 RooHee's Perceptions
La- Sutra Mumbai 2010
Exhibited at these venues
Roohee Ali Khan has Exhibited at these venues:

Savenka Indian Art Hotel La- Sutra Mumbai 2010
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