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Walking in Dream Time

The landscapes of Kiran Murdia are deeply steeped in the life and times of her home state of Rajasthan, and more particularly, Udaipur and Bundi. Turrets, walls, arcades, nestling in the mountains and valleys, by the side of flowing rivers and fields, or with pools set in them like precious stones, remind one of Rajasthan’s miniature art. That is where the resemblance ends, however her works are not  miniatures, nor the landscapes merely the backdrop. They are dreamscapes set in different times of the day and night, inviting the viewer to enter their labyrinthine spaces which blend the past with the present, palaces with roadside cafes and middle class homes that have cropped up among them with the passage of time. They have now become sign-posts to guide her stream of consciousness.

Another aspect that is interesting is that her landscapes are not merely architectural. They remind one of the universal significance of the human being as the creator of unique and yet commonly understood and related to environments. The viewer is invited to take a walk through these spaces of her imagination which are dream-like and yet reminiscent of the concrete geography she grew up in and now familiarizes us with.

Suneet Chopra
Art Critic


Silhouetted against the experimental firmament of contemporary art of Rajasthan, Kiran Murdia, a representative modernist, reflects the influences of traditions of miniature painting in her works. Kiran as an artist of innovative nature weaves the themes that revolve around images and objects of her natural surroundings. Often the compositions are intricate but well structured and well-knit. The obdurate repetition creates a stylistic vein yet the transfiguration is creative - colorful and concrete.

Her infinite love of nature breathes life into the inanimate with soothing harmony of colors. Drawing inspiration from her environment her canvasses  surge with life and the resultant view is breathtaking. It is, at the same time, an escape from the mundane murky development of mad age for seeking solace in solitude. Her attempt is to rejuvenate the traditional pictorial idiom sufficed with a contemporary accent.

She is a proven hardy explorer, with boundless imagination. She creates several faces of the landscapes, city scapes, forts and fortresses reminiscent of their ruined glory from several angles. In her present renderings of the various landscapes, she vehemently loads her imagery with layers of pigments using roller strokes. Underneath them lie several facets of the hidden beauty and mystery of the objects. Her colors are vibrant. The palette is as usual the same however the application - redolent and refreshing. Her works are a sequel to her earlier paintings. Here, in these paintings, she has plunged her hands deep in the cultural soil. Her strength lies in her perpetual creativity.

What a debutant young artist and prospective entrant can draw from her paintings and artistic endeavour is to delve deep into the nostalgic wealth of heritage and love for one's own terra-firma. Art need specifics but one needs to register the body heat and scent which is right under one's own feet. Kiran as a consummate artist carries these to her credit.

Through the last three decades by her constant craftsmanship she has carved for herself an abiding niche in the contemporary art scene of Rajasthan.

A.L. Damami
Art Critic


Over the years Kiran Murdia has evolved a distinct style of her own based on miniature traditions of Rajasthan. For years she explored the inherent aesthetic elements from miniature paintings and managed to overcast a pleasing architectural & landscape imagery of Udaipur city with all its milieu . Even today she paints cityscapes but her intimate contact developed during all these years with objects like hills, rocks, boulders, water springs and also flora and fauna of Udaipur has generated new insight into the deeper meaning of landscape, though the centrifugal points in her new works are now accentuated by an abstract delineation. It is achieved through a continuous struggle of overplayed layers employing rollers and splashes of solvents on canvass.

Now her canvases are overloaded with innumerable tactile effects. The warmth of the pigment is felt as a strong physical presence. Their lyricism, flows from heightened moments of perception during which nature take on the aspect of an apparition, hovering between reality and unreality. The tension between factual and unreal lends a dramatic character to Kiran’s paintings which could  at  times be ironical too. But, she balances the ironic and the absurd with nostalgia, a feeling that has persisted along with her concern for the sensuous as well as spiritual appeal of the Udaipur landscape .



Art is an ideal medium of conveying feelings and communicating an artist’s inner expressions, imagination and creativeness. Kiran’s subject matter is simple and she expresses her aesthetic belief in artistic creativity with miniature impact.

A Journey from semi-abstraction to works inspired by miniature paintings - this is the path taken by Kiran Murdia. An interesting blend of textures, straight and wavy lines and miniature paintings is what attracts us to her works. Her recent works denote a blissful state of mind. One wonders and is curious to know what goes on in the artist’s mind to take inspiration from miniature paintings and make them fly in open space above geometrical forms which look like sky scrapers or at times fields. She composes miniature’s buildings, Rajasthani forts with semi-abstract shapes by juxtaposing them on textured background. Textures are created by lifting the colors or scratching them from the ground, done in order to break the monotony of flat background.

Kiran Murdia, Born in 1951 Rajasthan, has been interested in art since her childhood and studied art as a subject during her academic career. Kiran’s paintings convey her own language of paint and brush subtly, suggestive of her fleeting moods, which she expresses as proudly by breaking the space of canvas. Use of pure and bright shades of colors, rhythmic & straight lines reflects excitement, movement, grace and charm of life. Her semi-abstract compositions are rich in colors, they produce dramatic effects in rhythmic movement. She respects her pictorial space and honors the moment of inspiration completely.

Dr. Archana Agarwal
Prof. Meerut University


Born 1951

M.A. Drawing and Painting, 1972-University of Udaipur


1971    Gold Medal -Tulika Kalakar Parishad, Udaipur 
1974    State Award - Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur
1976    Silver Medal -Tulika Kalakar Parishad, Udaipur
1980    State Award - Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur 
1986    State Award - Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur
1989    National Award - National Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi


1985-86    Awarded Research Fellowship for Graphic and worked in Lalit Kala Academy   Garhi Studio, New Delhi      
1996-98    Awarded a Fellowship on Expansion of Mewar Landscape in Contemporary Modern Painting by HRD Ministry, Govt. of India
2000    Honored by Mahaveer Yuva Manch, Udaipur


1971    Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta
1975    III Trinnale India an International Art Exhibition by Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
1975    Youth Exhibition National Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

1976, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86    Bombay Art Society Annual Exhibition

1978, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92    National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

1979, 1980    Fine Arts Academy, Amritsar
1980    Mahakosal Kala Parishad, Raipur
1985-86    Youth Exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
1989    Nature and Environment Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
1989    Bangladesh Biennale International Exhibition at Dhaka
1990    All India Exhibition, Lucknow (U.P.)
1990, 2002    Bharat Bhavan Print Biennale International Exhibition at Bhopal
1991    Panchamrit Kala Kumbh an International Exhibition of Art, New Delhi
1992    City Bank Show, Bombay
1998    Award Winner's Exhibition National Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
1998    Exhibition of Contemporary Artist from Delhi and Rajasthan organized by Prayas at A.I.F.A.C.S. Delhi and Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur 
1998, 99, 2000, 01    Birla Academy, Bombay
1999    Rajasthan Ke Rang-Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur
2003    Kite Show Exhibition organized by Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
2004    Golden Jubilee Exhibition National Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
2004    Bhopal- Twenty Years Disaster, Organized by Sunit Chopra
2006    Virasat Utsav, Jaipur organized by Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur
2006    ‘Passion N Compassion’ Group Show at Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur
2008    Gallery Artchill, Amer fort, Jaipur.
2008-2009    Seventh International Engraving Biennale at ILE-De- France  
2013     Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur                      
2013     ‘Confluence des Arts’ by Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort, Jaipur
2013    Art Show organized by Nehru Centre, Mumbai
2013,14,15    Jaipur Art Summit, Jaipur
2015    ‘Art Walk’ at Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur
2016     Group Show at Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort, Jaipur
2016     Appreciable Art Fair at The Art Hub, Mumbai
2016     Jaipur Art Summit, Jaipur.    
2019     'Poetically Urban'  Group Show by Artchill at Gallery Artchill, Jaipur.

1972    Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi 
1974    Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Ravindra Manch, Jaipur 
1996    Rashtriya Kala Mela Bal Bhawan, New Delhi 
1998    Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur 
1999    Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur 
2000    Kala Mela - Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
2002    Information Centre, Udaipur 
2003    City Palace, Udaipur 
2008    Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur 
2010    ‘Solace in Solitude’ Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur 
2011     Art Corridor at Le Meridien Jaipur, Organised by Juneja Art Gallery 
2017     ‘Walking in Dream Time’  Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort, Jaipur 
2017    ‘Walking in Dream Time’  at Juneja Art Gallery , Jaipur 
1986, 2005    Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay (Two Person Show)


1979-97    Suchna Kendra, Udaipur
1980    Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
1980    Lalit Kala Gallery Ravindra Bhawan, New Delhi
1981    University Art Gallery, Chandigarh
1982    Regional Centre Lalit Kala Academy, Madras
1984    Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore
1985-86    Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmadabad
1987    Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
1993-94    Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay


Till 1998    State Art Exhibition by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy at Bombay, Delhi, Kolkatta, Goa, Madras, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh and Nepal
2007    Kaleidoscope Art Gallery, Vadodara
2008-09    Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010    Dhoomimal City Gallery, New Delhi


1986-87    Stuttgart Art Gallery, Germany
1990    Kyoto Shiman Gaiko - Kyoto, Japan
1991    Group Show at Kobe, Japan
1986    Sprit of Indian Art Exhibition, Kuwait
2001    Musca Art Gallery, Milan, Italy 
2001    Towards Tradition to Modernity at Fulda Art Gallery, Germany
2012-16    Rendezvous Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japan


1979    Rajasthan Teachers Summer Training Camp Work as a resource Person Udaipur Rajasthan Second Board Education, Ajmer 
1986    All India Graphic Camp at Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi & Maxmuller Bhawan, New Delhi 
1990    All India Painters Camp at Jammu Kashmir Academy 
1991    All India Artists Camp at "Hastaksher" Jaipur 
1993    All India Painters Workshop, Kullu Himachal Pradesh at Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Lucknow, U.P. 
1997    All India Painters Camp at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad
1997    All India Multimedia Camp at Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur 
1998    All India Painter Camp, Surajkund Haryana at H.Z.C.C. and Haryana Tourism 
1998    All Rajasthan Women Artists Camp Shilpgram, Udaipur Chiteri & 
1998    W.Z.C.C., Udaipur 
1999    All India Women Artist Camp at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
2006    All India Artist camp “Wind, Water, Energy” organized by Urusavti Centre of Art, New Delhi at Mumbai
2007    National Art Hadoti Utsav, Kota, Rajasthan
2007    Art Camp by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Mt. Abu
2008    National Graphic Camp at Baroda by Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
2009    National Painters Workshop, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
2010    Women Artist camp organized by NGO Save the Child at Jawahar Kala, Kendra, Jaipur
2012    Art Camp by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Pushkar( Raj)
2012    Art Camp by Kalaneri Art Gallery, Jaipur
2013    All India Artist Camp, KhasBhag, Jodhpur
2014    All India Artist Camp by ICAC, Nagothane 
2014    International Women Indo-China Artists’ Camp by ICCR, Jaipur 
2016    Rangreet- National Painting Camp, Jaipur


Was elected on the General Council of Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy as a Nine Eminent Artists of Rajasthan-1978, 1981, 1983 and has worked as Program Committee Member of Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.
Member of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur from 1999-2002.
Founder Member of AAJ Society (Raj).
Retired as Vice Principal, Govt. Girls College, Dungarpur, Rajasthan

Rajasthan Lalit Kala Modern Art Gallery (Jaipur), Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jaipur), Delhi College of Art (New Delhi), University Museum Chandigarh University, National Lalit Kala Academy  (New Delhi),C.C.M.B. (Hyderabad), Rajasthan Patrika( Jaipur), R.S.M.M. (Udaipur), National Gallery of Modern Art Jaipur House (New Delhi), Jammu Kashmir Academy, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (Hyderabad), Rashtriya Lalit Kala Academy (Lucknow, U.P.), W.Z.C.C. (Udaipur), Haryana tourism Artchill permanent Collection, KING OF JORDAN, and in various private collections in India and abroad.