Sadhana of Painting
SAVITRI ART IS A SERIES OF MEDITATIVE PAINTINGS CREATED TO PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH YOUR DEEPER ESSENCE AND EVOKE SILENCE WITHIN
SAVITRI IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THESE PAINTINGS, AN EPIC MANTRIC POEM OF 24000 LINES BASED ON THE MAHABHARATA.
SRI AUROBINDO IS THE AUTHOR OF SAVITRI - A REVOLUTIONARY, SEER, SAGE AND PSYCHOLOGIST - THE RISHI OF INDIAN RENAISSANCE.
Three Opportunities to Participate
An Offering For Sri Aurobindo's 150th Birth Anniversary
Savitri Art Sangha
The Artists Behind Savitri Art
Philippines, Co-founder Aumra Trust
… I felt like I was being tested for my patience, ego, attachment, sincerity, concentration, surrender, peace, perseverance and perfection, at every step. As Mother says all work should be done as a sadhana, the Savitri Art became a real Sadhana for me, where my inner Transformation was the only way through which I could complete my paintings.
… I was progressing both inward and outward, for which the Divine Mother has given this opportunity.
Meet the Savitri Art Mentors
The Guidance Team
Founder, Savitri Painting
Divyanshi Chugh is the Founder and Chief Executive of Purnam Centre for Integrality, Auroville - a UNESCO-recognised international city-in-the-making with an intention of "realising human unity". She designs and facilitates transformative experiential courses for adults based on the integral yoga psychology of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, yogis and seers. She has developed 30+ transformative courses so far and built an active community of more than 1000 student-practitioners. Some of the well-known courses developed by her are Svadhyaya, Swadharma Online, and Savitri Painting. She also coaches student practitioners and co-facilitators to design and facilitate practice-orientated community-based transformative courses, through the Purnam Labs Platform.
Savitri Art Exhibitions & Events
At Savitri Bhavan, Auroville and Ashram Exhibition Hall, Pondicherry
The Story of Savitri Art
CONCEPTION OF SAVITRI PAINITNG
Savitri Painting took birth in 2020 during covid lockdown when 12 young women came together, led by Divyanshi, to transform the covid-created difficulty into an opportunity for inner progress. They took up lines from Savitri, a mantric poem written by the Indian sage Sri Aurobindo, and started painting these lines as means to dive deep into the transformative power of the poem.
Mother's Organ Music
Sacred Poetry of Savitri
While painting they also listened to music composed by Sunil Bhattacharya who composed it under the guidance of the Mother, Mirra Alfassa, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. They also took inspiration from the paintings done by Huta who was guided by the Mother to paint the lines from Savitri.
Savitri Paintings of Participants
Inspired by the whole experience they invited more people to paint and a 5-week Savitri Painting intensive course took birth to systematically help the participants to paint their soul's language without necessarily having prior training as an artist The Savitri Painting course now has 150 alumni, two years since its conception.
BIRTH OF THE SAVITRI ART SANGHA
After receiving a series of visions at a meditation retreat in April 2021, Divyanshi formed a core group from the Savitri Painting Alumni consisiting of Usha, Padmarani and Sahana to recreate these visions as paintings.
The paintings you find here are made by artists who are self-taught and doing painting as a means for their inner progress under the guidance of mentors Manoj, Divyanshi, Archana and Sushanto.
Savitri Art emerged from the sacred space of aspiration for inner and outer perfection. The inner perfection for the reception of the highest essence and the outer perfection for the expression of the beauty in form.
SAVITRI ART FEATURED IN THE HINDU
"Auroville’s 'Savitri Art' initiative led by artists Usha Arvind and Padmarani Vandemataram Presingu have contributed a section of 12 paintings, almost a sub-genre, based on the verses from Aurobindo’s magnum opus “Savitri” based on the Mahabharata — Aurovilians have a long tradition since the 1980s of group reading the poem under the central banyan tree, a shared passion that led to the formation of the Auroville Savitri Study Circle and establishment of Savitri Bhavan." (Read the full article here)
THE MOTHER ON SAVITRI
"He has crammed the whole universe in a single book." It is a marvellous work, magnificent and of an incomparable perfection.
From the first offering of 21 paintings on 15 August 2021 as a video exhibition, the Savitri Art Sangha has grown and has now offered 150 paintings on the occasion of Sri Aurobindo's 150th birth anniversary which were exhibited in Savitri Bhavan.
Savitri Art is a sadhana of learning how to receive feedback to create that perfection of the inner and outer essence of the paintings. To have that inner sense of humility to not be attached to one's own creation. To surrender to the vision of the paintings, learning to receive truly and persevere to create the highest one can.
From right, Savitri artists Namita, Usha and Sahana with their paintings behind during an exhibition at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Exhibition Hall along with mentor Manoj.
The Sadhana of Savitri Art
In this webinar recording, listen to the incredible journey and the sadhana of Savitri Art from the sadhaks who poured themselves into the process for almost a year to create the sacred offering of the Savitri Art paintings.