Vinita Dasgupta.  India.  BEFORE THE SHOW (The Storyteller Series). 2014.  Acrylic and Mixed Media on canvas. Size: 24 by 24 inches

Vinita’s story.  She is a dancer getting ready for a stage show. I was a Kathak dancer for many years, and I wanted to capture the excitement and curiosity she has in her eyes as she prepares for her performance. The Storyteller Series was inspired in part by stories told to me by my grandmother, many of which I re-tell through my art.  I draw on images from Indian mythology and lore, mixed with my own view of contemporary women in today’s society.  I mix the then and the now.  I am a part of each of my works.

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