Maya and the Sea of Stories

Maya Burman does not feel the need to paint the grim realities of the present day in her art. She would rather depict a fantasy world, where the everyday and the surreal come together in dream-like patterns that float around central characters. These intricate details form a complete picture. Dressed in striped silk kaftan tunic, she was at Triveni Kala Sangam last week for her exhibition ‘Joi De vivre: Celebrating Life’. “My work is like a theatre, with characters moving everywhere. I also see my work as journey of life, where nothing is static, hence there is no central figure, all details are important in their own way,” says Burman, 46.

She travels to India with her artist parents – Sakti Burman and Maite Delteil – often but is showing in Delhi after 10 years. “We all know life is very fragile, so through my paintings I want to bring joy and happiness to people,” says the Parisian. Her children Leela and Ganapati are back home in Paris but are often here with their grandparents. As a child, Burman did not travel to India often but the time she did, in her early 20s, the country left a lasting impression. “My father used to tell us stories of Shakuntala, episodes from the Ramayana, but we never spoke particularly about religion. When I travelled to India, I realised many actions of my father were actually from India. It was a strange feeling. During my visit with a friend, we travelled across India to see the rich architecture of the country,” she says.


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