|Amrita Sher-Gil Image courtesy- Sikhiwiki.org|
The play was a beautiful ode to the passionate and dynamic woman that Amrita Sher-Gil was. Her boldness when it came to defying the stringent societal rules for women, her openness about female sexuality in general and her exploration of her own sexuality more precisely reveals a women who was ahead of her times.
|Self Portrait – Courtesy Wikipedia|
All I knew about Amrita Shergill was that she was a controversial painter. She died young at the age of 28, the cause of which is not clear. The play revealed her complex and strong personality. She was a woman who knew what she wanted and refused to let anyone influence her. A revolutionary painter, she was not always appreciated during her time. Bold and outspoken, she lived life by her own rules. Her letters to her sister Indira and mother Marie Antoinette reveal a close relationship with them. Through these letters we are taken on her route to self-discovery through marriage, sexuality, painting, and her search for identity.
Her letters to Karl are moving and reveal a deep kinship but more importantly unveil for us her fierce individuality. The last part of the play an exchange of letters between Amrita and Karl was beautiful owing to the content of the letters themselves of course, but also because of the direction, the lights and the impressive acting of Heeba Shah and co – actor.
I am now on the lookout for Amrita Sher – Gil – A self portrait in letters and writings edited by her nephew, contemporary artist Vivan Sundaram.