‘An exhibition by the spouse of our member Mr. Hindal Tyabji. Mrs. Nalini Misra Tyabji

What :  Mojo Nama – Whimsical Paintings
Where :  Convention Centre Foyer, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
When : 10th to 14th February, 2018, from 10:00 am to 08:00 pm.

Entry : Free

Venue : Convention Centre Foyer, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
Parking : Gate No. 1, 2 & 3 (Cars), Gate No. 2 (Bikes & Bicycles)
Nearest Metro Stations :
‘Jor Bagh(Yellow Line)Exit Gate-1’ – Walk Direction
‘Khan Market(Violet Line)’

“MOJO NAMA” – Whimsical, Intuitive Paintings with a child-like quality by mixed-media artist Nalini Misra Tyabji, spouse of our member Mr. Hindal Tyabji.


Replete with imagery of playful little girls, cheeky clowns, mischievous cats, ogling owls, flying fish and much more, Tyabji’s canvases are like scenes from fairy tales – providing us escape into a world devoid of acrimony and rancor. “From time immemorial, all great artists and scientists, discoverers & inventors have refused to see things as they have appeared to others. They have seen things as they could be or ought to be. I think what sets them apart is their vision, their dreams, their whimsy, their wonder and curiosity, their ability to question and experiment, their fearlessness, their indefatigable spirit and their soaring, unfettered, child-like imagination, all unencumbered by dull conformity. Picasso, one of the greatest geniuses of our times, has said that he was desperate to paint like a child because he wanted to experience the freedom of form & colour that only a child possesses. So, I love the whimsical in this world, and like to look into things not at things.”

For instance, a mixed media work titled Fly Me A Fish has a little girl flying off into a world of her own (“I like to imagine the impossible”), another work I am the sun, moon and stars depicts the thought that each one of us is complete in oneself, while being connected to everything around us. The Conjuror has a clown in playful posture, a play on Tyabji’s own self, as she cooks up magical tricks for all to enjoy. Macavity, unlike the evil cat in T.S Eliot’s poem, is depicted as your homely, friendly feline, as Tyabji believes “there is a positive side to all of us”. And then there is The Bard and Raslila, which depicts Taybji’s fascination with Krishna, not just as a religious figure, but as friend whose blue form is about infinite peace and happiness. At the same time, almost all paintings have dots and circles, Tyabji’s take on the bindu or the full circle of life. Kantha like stitchwork inundates some of the works depicting her interest in textile and fabrics as well.

Says Tyabji. “Since I am a self taught artist, I am comfortable with arduous hours and the inevitable mistakes. If I do cats, I keep painting them till I can’t think of any other posture. I am inspired by everything and anything and I hope my art will appeal emotionally. And as long as it invokes a smile, I am happy.”

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