Himachal born Kavita makes a mark in British Art world

Kavita Sarin Dass, a British Indian artist, grew up in the Himalayan lands of Palampur, near Dharamshala. Painting being a passion with her for she has been doing so since she was 12 years old,  her favorite media are oil on canvas and acrylic on canvas. Kavitaa

She does paint pastels on paper as well and enjoys sketching people, horses and still life. After a recent successful solo exhibition in London and a few niche exhibitions with the Ealing Art Group, she has now brought her work to a wider audience at Menier Gallery.

In this exclusive exhibition she shares her work from the last 12 years of her portfolio. She also includes her very recent and successful collection ‘Snowflakes’.

She lived for many years in Delhi and then in Mumbai. It was here that her art came to the forefront of her life as she took a break from her career as a full time Textile Designer to be a full time mum.

Later in 2006 she moved with her husband and daughter, to London, which is where she resides today. Kavita works in the retail industry and still finds time for her passion- painting. That is no mean feat!


Her village, Chandpur is still a place she calls home. ‘’My roots are firmly ingrained here,’’ she says, I couldn’t live without the emotional nourishment I receive from my connection to Himachal. It lives in my soul. I am who I am because of it’’.

Kavita is very much a part of the local community of Palampur and visits at least once a year. ‘’I want to make it a minimum visits of twice a year, with our daughter, although with life getting in the way, that is not always possible. India and Himachal are our roots.

She has exhibited her work in Mumbai, India, alongside famous artists like Gieve Patel, Satish Gujral, Jamini Roy amongst others. One such memorable exhibition was entitled ‘Have A Heart’ in aid of the children’s charity ‘DEEDS’ held  at ‘Out Of The Blue’ at Khar, Mumbai in 2003.

This exhibition was inaugurated by the Actor Hrithik Roshan and curated by Yash Kohli and Bina Aziz.

Kavita says “my work explores life as it happens around me – the images that hide behind them, the beauty and the ugliness, the conflict and the resolution, the struggles and the enslavement, the experience and the realization, that we all go through, in our lives. These moments evoke a myriad of passions, from the sublime to sheer emotions, which I then express on my canvas .”

She feels a deep sense of calm and enjoyment when she paints. That is all that she really ever wants to do. However creative, no other line of work has afforded her as much pleasure as painting does.

 Kavita is also exhibiting a few selected pieces of her pottery as well.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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