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Friday, March 5, 2010

Wife of writer behind 'Slumdog Millionaire' exhibits art at Miele


By NAOKO KURAMOCHI
Staff writer

Aparna Swarup, wife of diplomat Vikas Swarup, who wrote "Q & A," the original story behind Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire," is showing her art in Tokyo.

Born in Kanpur, India, she currently lives in Kobe. Swarup won several painting competitions in her childhood. However, she didn't consider art as a career until living in Addis Ababa during one of her husband's postings between 1997 and 2000. She then studied painting, mainly focusing on drawing, under Ethiopian artists.

On display are about 30 artworks, composed of the "India Collection" and the "South Africa Collection." The India Collection expresses appreciation for her husband's birthplace, Allahabad, India.

The South Africa collection focuses on her high regard for the spirit of South African people.

Less than half the artwork on show are paintings, which she finished with printer's ink. The others are digital prints.

"Aparna Swarup: Mixed Doubles" is at the Miele Japan showroom till March 8. The showroom is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is located in E Space Tower, 3-6-1F Maruyamacho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.miele.co.jp/indexa.html


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