This collection of hand drawn silk-screen prints are the first in a new series of paintings and works on paper by Natasha Kumar. They are observations on the cultural roles available to women in India, and their individual and collective journey to empowerment.
In #diya, she carries a tray of votive oil lamps or diya, splendid in her hot-pink sari. At Diwali, the festival of light, it is traditionally her role to lay them at the entrance to the home, and welcome Lakshmi within. The goddess of wealth will not enter a house that is dark, so the cotton wick of the little ghee lamps must be lit before nightfall. But she has another role here: diya are lit at Diwali to banish the shadows of ignorance, making her a standard-bearer of knowledge, lighting the path for Indian women to fulfillment and prosperity.