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Posted on : March 25th, by Vasu

Paigah Tombs, Hyderabad.

Paigah Tombs, Hyderabad Paigah Tombs, Hyderabad


Sitting between 2 pillars gazing at a profile of geometric patterns on the roof while my sister, Vandana, sketches the scene and my mum and I share the essence of the place ….

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Posted on : May 27th, by Vasu
Queen's well entrance
Queen’s well entrance

A damp drizzling bank holiday Monday. I feel like reminiscing. Only this morning I had an email from an acquaintance that is developing into a friendship. He is much older than me but I am pleasantly surprised about how similar our thoughts are. The email sent me into a reflective mood as well as in a mood for writing…
I had been meaning to write about water & water wells for some time. My last blog had been about Modhera. But on that road from Ahmedabad instead of turning left if you turn right you reach a unique water well built in 1000 AD called the Queen’s well “Rani ki Vav” – Rani in Gujarati means Queen and Vav is well and ki is the preposition which says “belongs to”. We visited it in 2013 and in 2014 and it is one of two places in India added to the UNSESCO list of World Heritage buildings! It is a great place, a kind of inverted temple built into the ground. A magnificent piece of architecture. It is two years since I have been there now and I often think of it.
But allow me a small detour. I have this painting at my home which Vandana gifted to me in 2005 – a decade ago.

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Posted on : April 11th, by Vasu

Sun Temple – Modhera

A view of the Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat A view of the Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat

I sit at my kitchen table with my laptop in front of me. I have sprawled in front of me books by John Keay (Indian History) and Tadgell (History of Architecture in India) amongst others. A quiet, reflective Sunday morning. For the last few days I have been thinking of this sketch. Vandana made it a couple of years ago. It is a scene from the Sun temple at Modhera in Gujarat. Two days ago it was Vandana’s birthday and I had scanned and sent it to her as a memory of that holiday we had two years ago.

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Posted on : February 21st, by Vasu
Venice Venice

Last weekend I was talking to Vandana – about this and that….she was expecting a delegation from Italy with regards to her Architecture work and the conversation steered to our memories of Italy – Rome, Florence, and that Queen of the cities -Venice.

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Posted on : January 14th, by Vasu
Paddy Field Paddy Field

Blog by Shrijanand, 18 years old son of Vandana, on what the festival Makara Sankranti (January 15th) means to him as a teen of the next generation.

It’s that time of the year again when kids take to the streets and rooftops, leading their parents in hand, with customary kites waiting to catch the wind tucked under their arms.

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Posted on : December 30th, by Vasu
Autumn, Yorkshire Autumn, Yorkshire

This painting of Autumn was done by Vandana and is a memory of her visiting me in 2009. I was living at this house in North Yorkshire. The painting is dear to me. It is a painting of our home and she is looking at it from the fields around on an autumn evening. It captures the wide expansive farms, the green towering Howardian hills of Yorkshire in the background, the pretty farmhouse including the little shed on the side far away and most of all how it all looks like in depth of Autumn.

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Posted on : November 25th, by Vandana


  vivaart logo centrum
vivaart logo centrum


Life sprang out of nothing – the dark empty space – and that life seems to be stretching into eternity in every direction.

Tiny elements started carving the empty space into recognisable geometrical forms but in a very intricate and in not too obvious manner.

Vishnu Vandana, Artist and Architect
Viva Art

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Posted on : November 15th, by Vandana
ViVa Art logo ViVa Art logo

Art at its heart wants to reflect life which is nothing but an endless continuum of movement………

A journey of journeys is VIVA art, picking up memories enroute , touching the soul at its roots and then Implanting on to a blank canvas….In abstraction life’s intricacies….

Vishnu Vandana, Artist and Architect
Viva Art

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Posted on : November 2nd, by Vandana
Mahadeva temple Tambisurla
12th century Mahadeva temple Tambisurla


What do I see in a painting? Frankly speaking I have no readymade answer to that question. But I will try to answer that question with the hope that I can find answers to the other questions that keep bothering me.
Why do I want to paint?
What do I want to paint?
As I observe the painting of the temple at Goa I can feel the stillness of the time and space that surrounded the temple at that moment when rain stopped after having drenched the earth with vigour for quite a while. I can see that in the reflections of the temple and its earthly hues in the puddles of water that held to the earth. I can see the reflections in the moist air that pervaded the space at that moment. I can very well feel and perceive the sounds of the water droplets as they drip from the branches into the puddles below. I can also see the marks left by the chiseling of the painter in the brush strokes that lead the eyes to the depths that the painter has created in that flat surfaced canvas.

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Posted on : September 4th, by Vasu
Konaseema Paddy Fields, Acrylic on canvas, Vishnu Vandana
Konaseema Paddy Fields, Acrylic on canvas, Vishnu Vandana

This painting speaks to me so much. The paddy fields of Konaseema are where we come from – where our roots are. Both of us, brother and sister, are the produce of these fields. Our grandparents lived in a small village called Mori, many of our cousins still do. It lies near the eastern coast of India very close to the Bay of Bengal. The Godavari river is quite close to it as it meanders its way to the sea. Mori is a picturesque village where, every year, my dad would take us form Durgapur in North India to Mori in Razole taluka, East Godavari district. I remember the journeys well – starting from the doors of 22/7 Newton Avenue in Durgapur to the Railway station in Calcutta overlooking the overpowering Howrah bridge over the Hoogly river and then the two nights on the train.

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