The Music Modern – Transparencies in Music and Painting Retrospective – Curated by Dr. Tarana Khubchandani

by Naval Jijina

The Music Modern: Naval Jijina (1929)

Retrospective Solo of Aerial Views in Painting & Music
Naval Jijina also exhibits his collaboration with his partner Gool Jijina (1934)

Curated by Dr. Tarana Khubchandani
Oil Paintings on Canvas and Drawing Studies from the Sir JJ School of Art.

Naval Jijina’s artistic journey is a testament to the fusion of painting and classical Indian music. Trained initially as a Parsi priest, Jijina’s exploration of colour and form took flight at the Sir JJ School of Art under the mentorship of Shankar Palshikar. Influenced by Hindustani classical music and Maharashtrian classical music, Jijina’s works intertwine imaginary aerial visions with musical nodes, creating a symphony of colors and shapes.

His retrospective solo, “The Music Modern,” unveils a lifetime of experimentation and creativity. From his early figurative works depicting Zoroastrian mythology to his later abstract compositions known as “Aerial Views,” Jijina’s art reflects a deep engagement with spirituality and modernism. Collaborating closely with his partner, Gool Jijina, Naval delves into portraiture, textile design, and photography, enriching his artistic practice with diverse influences and perspectives.

Through his paintings, Jijina invites viewers to embark on a visual journey guided by the rhythms of classical music. His works evoke a sense of harmony and introspection, transcending conventional boundaries and offering glimpses into the soulful essence of existence.

“The Music Modern” celebrates the life and legacy of Naval Jijina, a visionary artist whose creations continue to resonate with audiences worldwide. From the bustling streets of Bombay to the tranquil landscapes of myth and melody, Jijina’s art speaks to the universal language of human experience, inviting us to pause, reflect, and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.