"I think that society needs to respect, understand and appreciate art as a medium of expression, which contributes to its aesthetic growth. An artist helps society see the finer aspects of living.
Since an artist enriches society by her unique aesthetic contribution, she expects that society be prepared to provide her sufficient help to fulfill her creative urge. Society should not expect an artist to explain her works, as her language is visual. An artist has a peculiar language, her own perception and unique reaction to experiences in life. I expect society to respect an artist for her thinking, appreciate her for her expression as she is translating her perception in her own language. I expect society to be tolerant and sensitive to an artist’s novel expressions.
I also feel that society should promote art and help an artist display her work in homes and places of interest to enable people seek visual delight. Creation of artifacts has been the preoccupation from times immemorial and this should continue."
Shobha Broota, teacher at Triveni Kala Sangam in Delhi, and hailing from a family rich in artistic traditions, is one of India’s most well established contemporary artists. Her husband is the artist Rameshwar Broota and their daughter Pooja Iranna and her husband GR Iranna are artists as well.
In her long pursuit of a fulfilling expressive and artistic conception, Shobha Broota has passed through and experienced a lot of changes in her subject, media and style. She has painted various things, including portraits of men and women, more abstracted human forms, the forms of birds, animals and insects as well as the different elements of nature, namely earth, water, air and fire.
Art critic Keshav Malik says of her oeuvre and of her recent show ‘Music of the Spheres’ that, "Shobha’s works, in whatever medium, do not overtly claim any whiff of holiness. Not at all. Rather they are her effort to understand and work within the boundaries of an age-old convention, that have the basic harmony or purity of the underlying reality, as of inner reality.
The discipline, preparation, effort, contemplation, as the musical sense of the inner ear, that have gone into these works is palpable and one would not even dare to sum it up or even outline it. Still it must suffice to say that a lifetime of close attention lies behind each of the works shown, quite apart from the training in the fundamental skills of geometry, drawing and colour."