Prominent abstract artist and philanthropist, Krupa Shah, has time and again made an impact on everyone with her art works and social initiatives.
A skilful artist and a mother of three daughters, has created a first-of-its-kind Navagraha Ganpati using Indian pulses and masalas including Wheat, Haldi, Ghee, Loung, Masurdal, Udad dal, Til, Dhaniya and Gangajal.
The Navagraha Ganpati is installed at her residence in the cultural hub of the city, South Mumbai and will be immersed on the last day of the festival.
Each of the elements used to make this unique Navagraha Ganpati has its own significance.
The wheat symbolises Surya, Haldi represents Jupiter, Ghee represents Shukra, Gangajal symbolises Chandra, Loung represents Shani, Masurdal represents Mangal, Udad dal signifies Rahu, the black and white til represents Ketu and dhaniya represents Budh.
These 9 elements together have tremendous power that can help invite the blessings of the nine planets which gives prosperity and wisdom to our soul and life.
Artist Krupa Shah, the creator of the first-of-its-kind Navagraha Ganesh idol, said, “We have been celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi since last three years.
But this time, my daughters and I wanted to do something different. Hence, we decided to make a unique Navagraha Ganpati out of Indian masalas and pulses.
In Hindu Astrology, Navagraha’s means a person’s happiness, success and all-round prosperity”
Besides this initiative, Shah has also been conducting workshops to teach school and college students the art of making Ganpati idols out of eco-friendly materials.
Shah’s aim is to diminish the harmful effects of Plaster of Paris (PoP) and toxic paints made with chemicals that create the largest amount of water pollution. She adds, “A small change or contribution can make a big difference.”
About Krupa Shah:
Krupa Shah is an Indian artist who uses colours, textures, and experiences of her artistic life to create rhythmic, bold, and compelling art.
Her career spanning two decades, Krupa Shah is a master of palette knife. The art of Shah immerses audiences in a pleasant world of energy, positivity, warmth, and light.
She is best known for her signature paintings, Abhiscka – The Chank, Vintage Buddha Collection and Aum Collection.
Krupa Shah redefines art with intense imagery that amalgamates spirituality with imagination.
Shah, the philanthropist, has taught blind students of ‘Happy Home and School for the Blind’ to paint, making use of organic scented colours.
In a bid to support social causes, Shah has dedicated paintings to the drought-affected farmers of Maharashtra and a tribute to Asifa by raising funds for good.
The environmental crusader was also actively involved in helping birds quench their thirst during peak summers by placing over 300 self-carved clay pots across different areas of South Mumbai and planting over 500 trees.