I am Nalini Bhat. I was born in india. I have a master's degree in Economics from Bangalore university. I have a tremendous passion for painting, writing short stories, childrens' stories, Indian Classical dance called Bharatanatyam, playing an Indian instrument called Veena, classical singing, doll making, batik, sculpture and vegetable garnishing. I moved to The United States in1984. I am married and have a son.I am a self tought artist except for a brief introduction to watercolor and oil paints by a friend.I have held several solo shows, the first one being greatly appreciated by the former prime minister of India Mr. Vajpayee. Currently I run a non profit organization called Lotus dance Academy where youngsters learn Bharatanatyam, the most ancient dance form from india. I have displayed some of my award winning paintings here. You can
view my art at Yessy.com and nobullart. I enjoy artslant and the work it is doing.
Quick facts about my art:
1988: My first solo show was attended and appreciated by the former prime minister of India, Mr. Vajpayee in Montreal, Canada. I presented portraits of the first prime minister of independent India to former Canadian prime minister, Paul Martin, and senator Vincent Dinose. The exhibition was highly admired by the Indian High commissioner, S. J. S Chatwaal too.
!989-2000: Kauffman's art gallery in Pittsburgh displayed my art devoting an entire wall for my paintings and batik work. The commercial sales were phenominal.
Between 2000 and 2009 I have held solo exhibitions at the following venues:
Bottle works in Johnstown, Kannada Bhavan in Bangalore, India, Slippery rock in Pittsburgh, Brynmauer college in Philadelphia, and S.V. Temple in Pittsburgh.
Two of my works, The embrace and The applause have won the "Highest Achievement award" by the juried exhibition held by the Promistar bank.
My painting entitled "Many splendored thing" was unanimously selected amidst very tough competition to appear as the cover of the prestigious book called "South Asian Review", which has circulation all over the world.
I have illustrated a book called Arunachalada Aruna by Mrs. Sita Kangovi.
Description of my winning July showcase entry:
The painting has a lady with eyes closed as though she is searching for peace within. If you look closely there are figures of children and white dots showering over the globe( white for peace). The lotus flower stands for purity amidst all the dirt around just like a lotus remains pure even though it blosssoms in muddy waters.
Description of my november showcase entry:
Love divine signifies the supreme love that existed between Radha and Krishna,the divine characters in Indian mythology.