Kamal Pandya

Kamal Pandya

Bio
Kamal Pandya studied Painting at the Faculty of Fine
Arts, Baroda (BFA: 2007; MFA: 2009). He received the
Nasreen Mohammedi Scholarship for 2004-05, the
Nasreen Mohammedi Annual Display Award, 2007,
and Best Emerging Artist Award by Sarjan Art Gallery,
Baroda, 2008. In 2011, his paintings were a part of
the show, “Contemporary Arts from India” held at
Dignam Gallery, Toronto, Canada. This is his first show
in England.

Statement
As a child, I was very inspired by the very spiritual
Shree Rang Avdhoot Maharaj. Most of his life was
spent living on the banks of the Narmada river at
Nareshwar, quite close to Baroda. The Narmada (1312
kms long) is the water lifeline of Gujarat and Madhya
Pradesh through which it flows. It is perhaps the only
river in the world that can be circumambulated (about
2600 kms) and this difficult pilgrimage is known as the
Narmada Parikrama. Shree Rang Avdhoot Maharaj
undertook it and was known as a Parikramawasi. The
Narmada is not just a river to Parikramawasis. She is a
living deity with whom they interact and communicate
at a spiritual level. It is believed that wishes of a
Parikramawasi on the banks of Narmada are fulfilled
8 and all their hopes come true.