Sakshi’s Joy Foundation

Last year in September I had the chance to paint a commissioned portrait that was effortless to paint but the hardest on my emotions. I cried for two straight days and then just took a break from painting memorial portraits. But god works in mysterious ways… Binu, Sakhis’ mother asked if I would be able to help the research foundation they were going to set up in Sakhis name. I of course said yes and told them about this Krishna painting that has been looking for a home for nearly a decade now.

The painting has had an interesting journey. I started it because a friend’s husband requested it. I then shelved it once I learned that he was an abusive husband. It lay unfinished for six years. Then in 2014, I got a call from Indira Bhardwaj, of the erstwhile Right Lines Art Gallery asking if I would be willing to participate in a charity auction to help raise money for Vathsalya – an orphanage that is completing 25 years. I would have to draw inspiration from 1 of 15 paintings that the children had done and take it from there. The catch was that the canvas had to be large and the deadline was short. One of the reference images was a Krishna. The answer was simple. I decided to finally finish the incomplete Krishna.
Sadly after all that effort only 3 out of the 18 paintings displayed that day found buyers.
In my mind, the painting was pledged to raise money for something and someone deserving somewhere. I just needed to figure out how to get the painting out there. To play matchmaker to both the prospective owner and the cause. To get money to the tune of 85K.

Lo and behold – The painting sold and I was able to help Sakshi’s Joy Foundation as I had pledged to. Almost a decade later than when I originally pledged it but I guess sometimes a painting takes its own sweet time to find its forever home 🙂

Sakshi’s Joy Foundation – “We are on a mission to support pediatric cancer patients.”  You too can help by either Donating or Buying SJ Candles at www.sakshisjoy.org

The piece is 42″ x 59″. Acrylics on canvas. And I call it ‘Krishna amidst the lotus‘.

What does this painting mean to me?
I have always tried to pay it forward in any way I can. And if it involves my work then so much the better.
Somehow once I had decided to work on the canvas again, it almost painted itself. The lotus motif has been a recurring theme in my work for a while now. I wanted to show Krishna nestled amid lotus as he walks his cows home. I was also looking at working with an unusual perspective, both in terms of the placement of the cows and the dense foliage of lotus leaves.
(And I did do research – cows do eat lotus flowers and their leaves. And some varieties have leaves bigger than a man’s torso and flowers as large as an adult’s head!!)
This canvas to me represents life itself. With its element of love- Krishna with his cows surrounding him and the fecundity of nature all around him.

4 thoughts on “Sakshi’s Joy Foundation

  1. Binu says:

    What an interesting story! This painting has found its true home with my friends. I wish they were on social media (they are not) so that they could read your insta post also. But will send them the link to this blog post. Thanks again Aarohi. ❤️

  2. wowcrafts says:

    Your artistry is truly captivating! The vibrant colors and intricate details in “Sakshi’s Joy Foundation” are a testament to your talent and dedication. Each stroke seems to convey a story, and the emotions portrayed are deeply moving. Your ability to capture the essence of joy is commendable. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece, it truly brightened my day!

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