Rahul Gajjar



"Vaikhari"
© 2017 Rahul Gajjar

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Rahul was born on June 26, 1960.

He calls himself a Practicing Digital Printmaker and Graphic Designer. He has his own fully equipped Digital Art, Graphic
Design and Advertising Photography Studio at Baroda. Since 1993 he has been fully into Digital Printmaking, creating
works of art on the computer. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Arvind Patel School of Environmental Design,
Vallabh Vidyanagar.

He studied (B.A. Fine with Applied Arts as a Major and Photography) at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao
University of Baroda (MSU). He graduated (First Class) in 1983. He also took a course in EKS (Energo-Cybernetic Strategy)
offered by Mewes System (Frankfurt, Germany) and Baroda Productivity Council. His schooling was at Rajkumar College,
Rajkot. He was invited in 1993 by ANPPM (National Association of Advertising and Fashion Photographers), France, to
work with leading French Photographers.

Rahul has more than a passing interest in Music of the World, Travelling, Conservation & Documentation of Tribal Art
and Wildlife.

Description of Art :

In Indian classical philosophy, it is believed that essentially every thought or idea originates in Sound (nada). The moment we think, an unheard sound is formed. As an idea appears in one's mind, the sound that concurrently occurs is the ground for all forms.

Sound is classified into four stages : para, pasyanti, madhyama and vaikhari. In an evolutionary sequence, these display the structure of the continuum of manifestation. Para sound, at the unmanifest stage, is the starting point. When the para sound is elongated in different directions, it becomes pasyanti. In other words, pasyanti sound is sound emerging towards the visible. After the stage of pasyanti, sound begins to crystallize into form. At this stage, sound becomes light or pasyanti becomes madhyama, the luminous sound. By creating patterns and curves, luminous sound make the enclosure and definition of space possible, projecting the original sound in forms accessible to human experience. The final stage of vaikhari sound offers infinite opportunities of permutation and combination arising out of one harmonious primal sound.

In Tantric thought, sound without vibrations does exist. And this unstruck sound, or anahat dhvani comes from the original pranava sound, which as the aggregate of all existing sounds gives birth to the cosmic process itself. Through its immeasurably powerful range and intensity, the anahata dhvani can create, destroy, and reshape the entire structure of the Universe.
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