When she was eight years old, artist Jaishree Pankaj was fascinated by her grandfather’s use of paper stencils to decorate the swings and shrine in the house. This intriguing form of art, called sanjhi, is rarely seen in the country anymore. Taking the tradition forward, the now 63-year-old artist has explored the art form and used fine surgical scissors to create intricate artworks. These art pieces depict the charms of old Indian havelis with jharokas, Indian deities, peacocks and abstract concepts. Pankaj held her first solo show of the Sanjhi panels in Hyderabad in 1977.
After her last solo exhibition in Mumbai 20 years ago, Jaishree is back with “Jharoka”, to be showcased at Cymroza Art Gallery. “I want everyone to know about this ancient art, and the beauty that can be carved out of mere paper,” says Pankaj. The exhibition is on till the May 25 from 11am to 7pm. The collection is priced between Rs 5,000 to Rs 5,00,000.