‘A Flower Child’ is a platform for Visual Arts, Children’s Books and Storytelling founded by Neha Khaitan.
A ‘flower child’ symbolizes a bohemian. The origin of the term was a result of the social tensions in 1960s in San Francisco during the countercultural movement when a large group of eclectic people stressed on the emergence of an alternate lifestyle, rejected consumerism and opposed the Vietnam war. Then, these ‘flower children’ wore and distributed flowers or floral themed decorations to spread the ideals of universal belonging, peace, love and their counter cultural ideals. ‘A Flower Child’ is an adaptation of this ideology of passive resistance (also called well known as the ‘Flower Power’ slogan) – Spreading one’s ideas using words, actions, performing arts, fine arts and other forms has great power and does a great deal of good to society, communities, nation and people in general.
Neha is a Bharatanatyam dancer and Visual Artist from Hyderabad. Starting as a Computer Sciences Engineer, she shifted to a career in performing and visual arts.
Neha started learing Bharatanatyam in the year 2006 from Late Guru Smt. Hemamalini Arni. Guru Arni had learnt her abhinaya from the legendary Padmabhushan Smt. T Balasaraswati and she has been fortunate to have inherited the legacy and learn the intricacies of this traditional classical dance form from her Guru.
‘Anekdotes – many stories’ is a storytelling initiative from ‘A Flower Child.’ Curated from various sources or written from the scratch, these stories offer a unique insight into the art of storytelling to convey messages and also develop emotive skills. The stories are embellished with the elements of Indian Classical Dance – mudras or hand-gestures, expressions or body language and abhinaya or enactment, if the stories demand. Through this channel and on-stage storytelling performances with Classical Music, Anekdotes aspires to make learning and expressing a fun, engaging activity for all children and their parents. Please visit the Storytelling Page here
Neha’s work is a product of her ideas on what she reads and general experiences that have left an impression on her. Her styles primarily include ink-on-paper and mixed-media collages. She also uses surreal and abstract imagery in her artwork. She draws inspiration from Romare Bearden and Hannah Hoch. She is intrigued by the works of Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Amrita Sher-Gil and Rabindranath Tagore. She also follows the Fauvist style of paintings and likes to experiment with the style. Visit her Visual Arts here.
Neha illustrates for children’s books and the first volume of her series of Situational Math Activity book is being published by Rupa Publication. She has also illustrated for an anthology by Bees Publication. She is currently working on a book for young adults.