Organisation Profile

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About the Founder

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Kota Neelima
Author & As Artist

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As Author:

Kota Neelima is a political author and has been a journalist for over 20 years in New Delhi. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and was Senior Research Fellow, South Asia Studies at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. She is also a former Political Editor for The Sunday Guardian newspaper and writes on politics, perception, farmer suicides, and issues concerning the rural poor in India. She is the author of four books of fiction that are based on her experience as a journalist as well as a researcher. Each book questions the accepted notions of politics and society, and seeks to demarcate the democratic deficit at the root of poverty and hopelessness in India. Her third novel, Shoes of the Dead (2013, Rupa), has been one of the popular political books in India. This work examined, on the one hand, the farm crisis in a hypothetical village and the circumstances that led a farmer to commit suicide, and, on the other, the workings of dynastic politics and the cost politicians paid to survive in Delhi‟s power circles.

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As Artist::

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As Artist:

Kota Neelima has studied painting techniques at the Arpana Caur‟s Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi. Her work for over a decade had deconstructed contemporary reality through spirituality, presented in five solo exhibitions in Delhi. Her fourth solo show, First Cause (2012), was based on the Upanishadic exploration of the cause of all Creation, the cause of all causes. Three works from this series can be seen on display at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Neelima‟s paintings are impressionist-abstract and the medium is oil on canvas. She follows an elaborate process of making the works, which begins with extensive research of texts, followed by charcoal drawings on paper before, finally converting them to oil paintings. The symbols used in the paintings are trees, sky, the moon and birds, which undergo multi-faceted and complex redefinition. The accessible symbols, each immersed in one or the other aspect of the concept, assist in elaborate exploration of each painting. Besides the solo exhibitions, her paintings have been featured in art shows in India and abroad. Her work is also a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Sacred Art, Belgium.

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