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Varsha Kharatmal

Pune, India 38 Followers

About Artist

Varsha Kharatmal, 33, is a trained artist, and has held art shows across India. She's also hearing impaired... Varsha Kharatmal's happy, beaming smile bespeaks her bubbling enthusiasm and exuberance for life. But t...

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Varsha Kharatmal, 33, is a trained artist, and has held art shows across India. She's also hearing impaired...

Varsha Kharatmal's happy, beaming smile bespeaks her bubbling enthusiasm and exuberance for life. But that isn't all that makes Varsha special. A painter of extraordinary sensitivity and skill, Varsha was born deaf. Her art speaks for her, expressing all that she cannot say in words.

Varsha's father, an art teacher, was the first to recognize the flowering of her artistic genius. Chosen by her father to carry on his legacy in art, Varsha grew up with paintings, photography and calligraphy. She says her decision to be a painter was not so much a defining moment as the inclination of a lifetime coming to its natural fruition. But her journey had its difficulties. After school, Varsha had to take the sudden leap from a school for hearing-impaired students to a regular Art College. The talented artist, unable to hear theoretical lectures, had to rely solely on textbooks and notes to get her through college.

Although she didn't fare as well with theory, she was acknowledged as the best in drawing among the female students: a fact that brought her together with her husband-to-be, Ramchandra Kharatmal, the best in class among the male students. Getting to know Varsha wasn't as easy as it might have been had Varsha been a girl like any other. Ram speaks of how he gradually picked up sign language to communicate with his talented colleague. 'When we hear words, it helps us to think about them before we respond. She, on the other hand, doesn't have as much time to process her thoughts. She also has trouble grasping the meanings of many words,' explains Ram.

Varsha isn't one to be held back by her disability. A beautifully clean home, a well-cared-for, bouncing two year-old boy, and a series of paintings whose subjects seems to leap out of the canvas, are the outward signs of a woman who takes life's slings and arrows in her stride. She meets questions on her disability with a shrug. For Varsha, it's just one of those things. Varsha's made her peace with the hand fate has dealt her, and contentment lies at the heart of her dimpled smile A supportive family and an understanding husband have allowed her the freedom to live her dream, and Varsha delights in her life and appreciates all that destiny has given her. When her husband and fellow-painter brought home the works of the great artist A A Almelkar for a work assignment, Varsha found her rolemodel.

Following in the same style of decorative painting, Varsha struck out on her own. Her technique is as fascinating as her paintings. The basis of each Ajantaesque painting is a bold black line, flowing fluid and unbroken through the painting. Fusing realism with the miniature style, Varsha's works are a cornucopia of colour and rich, gorgeous detail. Among her many successful experiments with the style is her latest innovation: adding the signature motifs that border nearly all Indian miniatures to a large canvas.

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    I bought 3 paintings together. All of them are absolutely outstanding. I am sure I will visit your website again and will click for more artworks in the near future. Team had short-listed my choice of paintings, and so the selection part became simpler. Overall a great experience. Cheers Mojarto! - Adrem

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  • About Artist

    Varsha Kharatmal, 33, is a trained artist, and has held art shows across India. She's also hearing impaired...

    Varsha Kharatmal's happy, beaming smile bespeaks her bubbling enthusiasm and exuberance for life. But that isn't all that makes Varsha special. A painter of extraordinary sensitivity and skill, Varsha was born deaf. Her art speaks for her, expressing all that she cannot say in words.

    Varsha's father, an art teacher, was the first to recognize the flowering of her artistic genius. Chosen by her father to carry on his legacy in art, Varsha grew up with paintings, photography and calligraphy. She says her decision to be a painter was not so much a defining moment as the inclination of a lifetime coming to its natural fruition. But her journey had its difficulties. After school, Varsha had to take the sudden leap from a school for hearing-impaired students to a regular Art College. The talented artist, unable to hear theoretical lectures, had to rely solely on textbooks and notes to get her through college.

    Although she didn't fare as well with theory, she was acknowledged as the best in drawing among the female students: a fact that brought her together with her husband-to-be, Ramchandra Kharatmal, the best in class among the male students. Getting to know Varsha wasn't as easy as it might have been had Varsha been a girl like any other. Ram speaks of how he gradually picked up sign language to communicate with his talented colleague. 'When we hear words, it helps us to think about them before we respond. She, on the other hand, doesn't have as much time to process her thoughts. She also has trouble grasping the meanings of many words,' explains Ram.

    Varsha isn't one to be held back by her disability. A beautifully clean home, a well-cared-for, bouncing two year-old boy, and a series of paintings whose subjects seems to leap out of the canvas, are the outward signs of a woman who takes life's slings and arrows in her stride. She meets questions on her disability with a shrug. For Varsha, it's just one of those things. Varsha's made her peace with the hand fate has dealt her, and contentment lies at the heart of her dimpled smile A supportive family and an understanding husband have allowed her the freedom to live her dream, and Varsha delights in her life and appreciates all that destiny has given her. When her husband and fellow-painter brought home the works of the great artist A A Almelkar for a work assignment, Varsha found her rolemodel.

    Following in the same style of decorative painting, Varsha struck out on her own. Her technique is as fascinating as her paintings. The basis of each Ajantaesque painting is a bold black line, flowing fluid and unbroken through the painting. Fusing realism with the miniature style, Varsha's works are a cornucopia of colour and rich, gorgeous detail. Among her many successful experiments with the style is her latest innovation: adding the signature motifs that border nearly all Indian miniatures to a large canvas.

  • Academics

    1997-02 Diploma in Drawing and painting (2nd class) Kala Mahavidaylya, Satara.
    1996-97 Foundation Diploma Kala Vishva Sangali

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    2011 – Art hut pune.

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS
    2016- Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
    2015- Jahangir Art Gallery,Mumbai.
    2014 – Thane kala Bhavan, Thane.
    2013 – Ocher Art Gallery, Chandhigad.
    2013 - Tandem, Ayatana art gallery, Pune.
    2013 - B&W Show, The Renaissance Art Studio, Pune.
    2012 - Gallery-G, Taj hotel, Bangalore.
    2011 - The Renaissance Art Studio, Pune.
    2011 - Thane Kala Bhavan, Thane.
    2010 - “4 Side”, Neharu Center (A/C), Worli, Mumbai.
    2009 - Art2day Art Gallery, Pune.
    2009 - Grand Group Show , Kala Bhavan, Thane.
    2007 – “9 Expressions” Karnataka Chitrakla Prishath, Bangalore.
    2007 - Nitai Gaura’s Art Gallery, Thane.
    2006 – “ Sanskar Bharti” Art2Day Gallery, Pune.

  • Award & Recognition

    AWARDS/HONOURS
    2014 - 27 All India Lokmany Tilak Art Exhivition, Pune.
    2006-11 All India Art Exhibition, South Central Culture Zone, Nagpur
    2005 – All India Art Exhibition, Police Patil Art Foundation, Gulabarga
    [Karnaataka].
    2000 – 2nd Prize – State Level Painting and Sculpture Competition at Patn, Satara.
    1999 - 1st Prize – Annual Exhibition, Kala Mahavidhyalaya, Satara.

    PARTICIPATIONS
    2007 - State Art Exhibition, Maharashtra State, Mumbai.
    2006-07 – Art For Concern,” Monsoon Show”, Mumbai.
    2003 - All India Art Exhibition, Tsmia Art Group, Gulabarga [Karnaataka].
    2003 - All India Art Exhibition, Kala Kayank Prayash, Zaharkhand.
    2000 – State Art Exhibition Maharashtra State, Mumbai.
    2000 - All India Art Exhibition, South Central Culture Zone, Nagpur.
    2001 – All India Art Exhibition, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
    1999 - All India Art Exhibition, South Central Culture Zone, Nagpur.




    WORK-SHOP / CAMP
    2000 – Bhawani Museum Aundh, Satara.
    2011 – “National Artist Tour camp” Goa .

  • Testimonial

    I got in touch with Mojarto.com through my husband, Ramchandra Kharatmal. I am a physically impaired artist. People like me cannot share their thoughts through conversations. Hence art is the only way for us to bring our inner thoughts out and show it to the world. Mojarto.com has been a boon to me, as I got a golden opportunity to showcase my creativity here. It made me more independent and a confident personality. My husband and I are extremely thankful to you people for providing us space on your art gallery. We wish you great success.

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