Prof. Dr. Jyotika Sehgal, the former HOD, Department of Painting, College of Art, Delhi, acquired her Ph.D. through a practice-based research on the topic of “An enquiry into ‘lingual to visual’ translation process as a form of trans disciplinary and trans-cultural mediation” in England and Delhi.
Jyotika Sehgal had a major Solo- Exhibition in April 2021, “Synonyms of Life“, at the Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. She has also presented her works among others in Solo-Shows in Berlin, Germany, in 2002, and at the Wolfson College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, in 2003.
In India, Prof. Sehgal is a recipient of the Sahitya Kala Parishad, Yuva Mahotsav Award in 1987, and the National Cultural Scholarship, India, in 1988, Charles Wallace India Trust Award, UK in 2002, and also the National Academy Award in Painting by Lalit Kala Akademi, India in 2011.
Jyotika Sehgal mainly paints in Oils and Egg-Tempera, and has a permanent studio in Berlin, since August 2021.
Based on her doctoral research, her multilingual Book, “to reach you, I dream um dich zu erreichen, träume ich” on the idea of ‘Visual Translation of Poetic Texts’ was published by the Lecti Book Studio, Bulgaria. The book includes her sixteen Egg-Tempera paintings on four different Ghazals of the 19th century Urdu language poet, Mirza Ghalib.
Jyotika Sehgal commemorates the 550th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikh religion by rendering his holy text of Jap Ji Sahib. Her 2nd book, Manifestation of the Magnificent, is recently published at Smashwords. Jyotika tries to lay open the spiritual, social, and psychological tenets of being human. Her lingual renderings, a precursor to her visual renderings into paintings of this marvellous text, are terse, versatile, and inventive, laced with analytical clarity.