South Indian Culture Paintings At Mori Art Museum Japan


One of the many happy memories of the recent Japan trip was an unplanned visit to Tokyo's Mori Art Museum.

It was a decision made on a whim on our way to lunch at Roppongi Jiro Sushi. I saw a poster of the current exhibition by N.S Harsha called Charming Journey. The poster was colorful and for some reasons I felt like I gotta see the exhibition! So we went back after lunch and loved every single second spent there.

N.S Harsha's Charming Journey

His arts spoke to me in such a way that not many others could. I truly experienced the Stendhal syndrome.

The paintings were a gorgeous representation of daily living. More specifically Indian living, which I could very much relate to.

A few from Charming Journey exhibition at the Mori Art Museum collection

We Come, We Eat, We Sleep


Here he was inspired by daily human actions in parallel with each other. "We Eat" (the blue one in the middle) was the first part he painted and it took him two years to finish it.



Thali meal contains rice and several flavorful dishes served in a banana leaf. Typically taken while sitting in rows on the floor, usually together with the whole family or extended community. Too bad they didn't feature my favorite Hyderabadi Biryani at the exhibition.

It's an integral part of being a South Indian.

I, myself, have sat in the row and eaten plenty of meals served on the banana leaf, usually in the temple or after a wedding ceremony. Still, seeing the plastic food arranged beautifully in the Mori Art Museum in Japan made me squeal with excitement.

Learn good things my son -- What are good things mama


Surely there must be a deeper meaning into this mother and son paintings, for me though, it's like looking at my own life story. It reminded me of my mom seeing me off every time I go out, even until today; of her concern words and her caring hand waves. These series might be my absolute favorite of his arts.

Punarapi Jananam, Punarapi Maranam (Again Birth, Again Death)


The ones that appealed to my woo-woo side.

A few more...


It's titled "Mass Marriage". Pretty self-explanatory.


The last piece was called "Future". It's the imagination of more than hundred elementary children of their future lives, painted on adult-sized shirts by themselves. What's not to love?

I wish my dad could have seen this exhibition

He would love it so very much!

For now, I got him the book which featured his work of arts, exclusively sold at the Mori Art Museum. I would very much love to display one of his paintings in my home, whichever one with repeated patterns, to company my Mario Brothers in Kyoto Station by Lukas Stobie. I also wish I got N.S. Harsha email address so I can thank him personally for creating such beautiful arts.

What's the best museum exhibition you have ever been to?

South Indian Culture Paintings At Mori Art Museum Japan