“Warriors Painting Away the Pain” at Against the tides 2014 – By w2w Events

“I sleep on my canvas

Eating pastels and drinking

Acrylics, in the house made of 

Charcoal & chalk” – Sree Lakshmi


Sree Lakshmi – Sketching is an integral part of my life, my mind is always brain storming creating new ideas for a new artwork, there isn’t a single day that I don’t scribble something, I’m a self taught artist my art style is a mix of gothic, grunge, comic and pattern art. I mostly do mix media art where I combine paper works with digital softwares to enhance  it and give it a dynamic look. Most of my inspirations come from Tim Burton’s movies and sketches.


Abhyudayaa Chawak – With almost 2 decades of advertising experience, Abhyudayaa ( Abhay within close circles) is a photographer, artist, thinker and a student of life. Graduated from Sir. J.J School of Art and specialized in Photography, Abhay has an eye for the uncommon in the common. Travelling and traditional music are his vices. Claycanvas is his way of pursuing art with a heart.


Harpreet Oberoi

Kim Oberoi – “As an Obsessive Compulsive Artist, I stay up all night succumbing to art attacks. My passion is my scream that finds its colours through the tip of my brush.” ­ Kim (Harpreet Oberoi)

Spiritual and philosophical, with a spirit of the Generation, raised in various metropolitan cities, Indian Artist Kim (Harpreet Oberoi) has been exhibiting her artworks locally (Dubai) and Internationally as well (Germany & Beijing-China). Having travelled to about just over a 120 destinations across the world , Kim has found ultimate solace in the lap of art inspired by different people, cultures and phases of her life. Kim’s reasons to art are just as different as every good artist’s individuality. She has fallen in love with the myriad colours and forms that now define her. She wants to live and die for the love of art. “My Art and Creations is the bridge that fills the gap between the little world of my imagination and the perceived reality. Its my comfort zone…..its my necessity……its my space without any fears.”

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Biji Divakar – Accomplished Dubai Based Artist has won the Coveted Prize at The Grand Kerala Festival for her Art – she has exhibited in Numerous Art Shows in the region starting her exhibitions from Against the Tides in 2009 and since then, she has been unstoppable, with Fan Following reaching thousands, and being a dedicated Arts Teacher; she has groomed many in her footsteps. A truly inspiring and gifted Artist.

Fatema Raj

Fatema Raj –  Also Knows as  Captain TwinkySpiff of the spaceship- Pathological Pernicious Sparkles” has always adventured into unknown territories, battling societal conforms and cultural barriers since she was deposited into worldly establishments; “Schools” & “Colleges” where she explored life changing realms of Fashion Designing, Fine Arts, Human Psychology, Art of Writing, 2D/3D Animation & Film Studies.

Currently, she travels to different planets and stars through prismatic vortexes picking up other creatures from space dimensions who join her as Lieutenants on further exciting journeys!
If you spot her, please, do give her a Hi5 and a Hug. She loves those.

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Justin Paul – Art ,in my meaning .is working with creative independent spiritual and natural way. I has never expected the thing till job finished. Drawing and painting where part of me since I was first able to hold my crayon. Like every emerging artists, life got complicated and I stopped painting for few years after my high school. Then after two years i took my brush and started painting , with special concentration on the homeless, child labours and oppressed working class men. In my paintings, I bring all homeless and oppressed peoples, to meet the viewer, And all those darkened corners of our personalities that we refuse to visit in our daily life. We all walk hand in hand with fate.No one is ever completely at home on this planet .Every thing is on loan.

Pari Safar

Pari Sagar – A passionate surrealist Artist believing in a creative lifestyle. Art cannot be express in small canvas as life continues so as story on canvas continues. Each canvas has its own faced of life. She likes to play with Colors, figures, patterns with spiritual touch. When words are not enough there comes the paints, brushes, textures and canvas to express joy, happiness sadness, celebration all mixed emotion are all poured on canvas. Art is the rhythm of soul that built the art piece of Pari. Inspiration of painting is always been excitement adding new page to journey of new painting. And the journey continue…..


Ritu Dua – I have let myself be drawn by the strong pull of what I love to do…draw and paint. I am self-taught and learn and get inspired by the things around me. I am obsessed with the magic of color and adore pattern. I am mesmerized by different cultures, their dress and their adornments. I am most intrigued by faces and often use them in my art. I love to mix faces, patterns, the floral, the geometric, the stripe, the intricate infusing bold and bright colors with subtle. I love to play, to mix and match using textures using crayon, pencils, micron pens, water colors, acrylic and oil- paints in my work and any bits that take my fancy! Mixed media is my forte! I also create environment friendly art by recycling things. The healing properties of Zentangles made me adopt this art too and I am sure it can help many if taught in the right environment. I strongly believe that “Life is about using the whole box of crayons”. I pour my heart out at my blog…Beneath my heart…Art.

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Christos Psaras, is a Dubai based photographer, Established in the industry with his early use of photojournalism techniques in wedding photography, striking editorial and commercial portraits. He is also notable for using his skills to promote awareness in many social issues including drug abuse, cancer awareness, domestic violence infant mortality and child welfare. He has worked in a wide range of photographic specialties including: Photojournalism, Movie Stills, and Theatrical Headshots.

 Christos Psaras was born in Limassol Cyprus, where he graduated High School and later moved to New York to study aviation and becoming a Pilot. His passion and interest in photography at 14 photographing weddings in his local community transformed almost immediately into a career, shooting professional assignments and leaving aviation career behind him.


Reena Dhiman – I am dubai based self taught  indian artist having masters in commerce. Painting for me is a medium through which I can express myself easily with different combination of colours and styles. I always loved to work with oil, water, acrylics, pastels and now I am really loving experimenting with coffee and tea. I love the beauty of nature thats why most of my paintings have the glimpse of it..   “Do your good and the best is waiting for you”  is what I believe in..


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Satya Sunitha – Hailing from the fertile land of Andhra Pradesh in India, Satya Sunitha graduated in Computers & Statistics and belongs to family devoted to arts from last 3 generations. Currently, settled in Dubai, she is pursuing career in teaching arts to students of all age groups and uses mixed media very effectively to develop painting which speak to her and others about the beauty that exists around us. Her interest on face & figures which requires extreme detailing seems to give her finished works life of their own. Her ideas, designs and lifestyle portrayed on canvas breathe life to various cultures and are breathtaking. She is very passionate to pass her knowledge of painting to her students.

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Gomathi Siva Subramanian – I am an Indian National, living in UAE since 1996 and a freelance artist. I have been passionate and have been developing paintings and art works. Some of my works include varied themes; Nature, Wildlife, Culture depicting emotions and feelings. I have done Oil on Canvas, Acrylic, and Water color paintings. Besides, I also carry out portraits using Charcoal and pencil sketches. I have participated in various events, galleries, street night art festival, cultural and heritage events in UAE including ABU DHABI ART HUB, KOBO ART GALLERY. Many of my artwork had been displayed in such events in various important shopping malls during Gallery events and have sold quite a few of them. Besides the above, I also make tailor made paintings to customize the requirements. I develop my skills through various online sources and enhance the knowledge, having formally trained in Painting and arts in the school level.

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Yuvika Gupta – I am a Dubai based Indian artist. I started painting at a very young age. Since childhood my natural talent and interest in art has made me explore sketching, water painting, glass painting and acrylics. Every blank canvas inspires my thoughts which take the form of strokes. I paint on different topics as doors, landscapes, portraits and abstracts. I also use metallic leaf with acrylics as a mixed medium. Art holds a special place for me. I want to spread beautiful and heart warming messages through my paintings. 


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Zaahirah – is a passionate artist who is originally from the sparkling crystal island set in the turquoise panoramic, Mauritius. Now a resident in Dubai, she is a natural, enthralling positive vibes with her pirouette style and approach.  Innovation, Imagination and Inspiration have always formed a supernova in her quest. She grew up to, feel the allure of developing a conversation between her two passions community engagement and the Arts. Zaahirah takes the helm in launching the ZeeArts Community, which is a platform to empower emerging and leading artists to foster community-development projects.

Invitation - ATT 2014

ATT 2014  – is an Art Exhibition that showcases talented Artist in the region  – this year we are proud to pay tribute to “Cancer Surviviors & FIghters”.

Against the tides : https://www.facebook.com/AgainstTheTidesArtists

The Exhibition Opens on the 28th of September and it runs till 4th of October – its a FREE entry event and we invite all of you to visit and show your support to these Artists and their fighting spirit!

The Venue : Gallery 76 in Dubai International Art Centre, Jumeira

Exhibition Opens at : 7pm on 28th September 

Contact for info: w2w.events.dubai@gmail.com

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“The Warriors Will Walk” – Against the tides 2014 – By w2w Events

Against the tides – Art Exhibition has a special history, created 5 years ago with keeping Art alive in mind, ATT  has reinvented iteself over and over again to offer new themes and avenues to the Artistic Commuinity.

In 2010, we hosted the first ever Against the tides Exhibition – we celebrated works from first time Artists, giving a break to young and upcoming talent!

In 2011 we themed the Art Exhibit around Strength of a Woman and had over 100 artists participating.

In 2012 we sailed to Dubai Marina and Abu Dhabi with the theme Saving the Planet, seeing artworks that were environmentally conscience!

In 2013 – we bring to you Against the tides – 2013 celebrating the Cultural Arabic Heritage, a homage to the Emirates, we are seeking Artists with a passion & love for this culture!

ATT Invite 2014 - Art Show

In 2014 – we are “Celebrating Cancer Survivors” – a tribute to their strength & faith. We have over 15 Local Artists participating this year, all have worked hard to inspire images of hope, faith & courage. This year we will take the Art exhibition to a new avenue where we will combine Fashion, Music and Art.



The Art Exhibition will open its doors on the 28th of September 2014 with a unique Fashion Show, “The Warrior Walk” – We will have over 10 Models showcasing the Warrior walk – it is to empower, encourage and offer support to our cause.


The SASH sisters, Sandhya & Sheetal Rajan will be the contributing designers to the Warriors, each outfit has been handcrafted and designed for Against the tides and keeping in mind the message of Positivity and Strength, the designs will be auctioned off at the end of the night. “The brand SASH is the essential new fashion statement for men and women. Indo-western fusion finds its home in bohemian design essence, compiled by two designer sisters. When the method of Sandhya and the madness of Sheetal combine, fashion lovers can look forward to designs born to make a statement.”

SASH: https://www.facebook.com/sashsisters/timeline


The Faces of the Warriors will have Body Art created by the Masters, Nitasha and Eirini, founders of ‘My Make-Up Moments’ believe: “You do not need a total revamp or a lengthy make-up course with an overload of professional make-up techniques – just these basic pro tricks and guidance with the perfect product picks that will make you look your best”.



Malini Ji

On the Team of Makeup & Hair Stylist will also be Ms. Malini Ohri is the founder of Splendour Beauty & hair Centre
Splendour Beauty & Hair Centre :At Splendour the therapists can take care of your every beauty need- Hair, Skin, Body, Nails, Make-up and Slimming.
Splendour even provides make-up & hair styling classes that are taught by Malini Ohri & her team of experts.

Malini Ohri is a well known name in Dubai in the field of cosmetology, she is a UK trained health and beauty therapist, make-up artist, Reiki master and aromatherapist with over 30 years of multi-facetted experience in these fields. She has always supported creativity and its no wonder she is the first to step in to showcase the First Warrior Walk – Fashion Show in Dubai.

Malini Ohri: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Malini-Ohri/116066281769963

Tribal Drumming

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KanAfrik Drum and Dance, KanAfrik which means “Sounds of Africa” a Dubai based African drumming and dance group lead by Jerry Kwashie Dzokoto, an African descent, African music Consultant/Choreographer. He is a drummer/dancer/facilitator who was deeply initiated into the African drumming and dance traditions, and holds B.S in the Arts from SUNY Empire State College, New York.  The Warriors will walk on the beats and rythym created by the team of Jerry’s Drummers. “Drumming is an ancient technique that has been used to shift states of consciousness. In various ancient cultures, chanting, rhythmic breathing and drumming constellate an ancient technique used to synchronize the body with the mind in order to explore varying levels of consciousness. The physical activity of creating repetitive sounds entrained right & left-brain activity to alter brainwaves to a relaxed theta state of consciousness. In this relaxed creativity state, intuitive insight and awareness contributed towards a condition of healing of physical, psychological and emotional wounds.” (Redmond, 1997)


The night will then see on stage the performances of local performing Artists, the young Laura Khoury who will be belting out latest hits at Against the tides, with her passion and strong vocal chords, she is one singer who has always been an outstanding performer on stage.


Other Performers include the Rocker ROKAT,  Born in India but raised in the UAE, Rokat had mixed influences from various cultures. Since a very young age he dived into writing poetry and short stories. As the teen years came by he added music to his words and thus the song-writer was born. The sound Rokat creates is a fusion of the various influences from pop culture and ideals he has. His music is an extension to what he believes and who he is. The music he makes is visual in nature and is driven with a theatrical persona.


One of the most awaited Performance of the Night will be by the talented Duo Ian & Yasmina –

” We are  IYas-Ian and Yasmina, a Diverse Dynamic Duo. Both of us loves music and instruments, for a couple of years, we have been together as a singing duet partner performing Live Stage in Events, Concerts and Mall Shows. Aside from live stage performances, Our Singing Duet partnership started from a local singing competition. Since then we are always joining Talent and Singing competitions and we have actually won several awards. Aside from being Diverse in Gender, Religion, Culture and Nationality , both of us are also into Dancing, Cosplay, Modeling, Acting and Music Band”.

 Ray Iyer - Artist - Poet

One of the night’s surprise element is a Poet, Ray (Rachana Iyer) who is a wanderer, seeker and an only child of two beautiful souls. She found herself writing poetry since the age of 12 and has not stopped since. She believes that writing can be healing and a powerful medium to create change. She has worked in the social impact sector in rural and urban India. Ray writes of finding homes in strangers, questioning social constructs, the sweetness of pain. She writes in her blog ‘I am a Kaleidoscope’, has performed spoken word in Dubai, Turkey and India and also runs the ‘Ray’s Typewriter Diaries’ project online.

To learn more about her work: https://www.facebook.com/raystypewriterdiaries

This event is supported by the extremely talented and versatile photographer Feroz Khan from, Razor Sharp Imaging. Feroz also teaches photography to his colleagues and is on the founding member board of the photography club of one of the world’s largest airlines. He hopes one day to work for the likes of the National Geographic Society combining his love of photography and travelling.
Razor Sharp Imaging: http://www.razorsharpstudios.com
We welcome all Art, Fashion & Music Lovers to Against the Tides – Opening night 28th of September at Gallery 76 in Jumeriah 1, the show opens at 7:00pm. Email us for further details: w2w.events.dubai@gmail.com
This event is supported by, ABRA Visual Merchandising & Store Design, Razor Sharp Imaging, Wild Wadi Water Park, Fuss Free Cooking, My Makeup Moments, SASH, Kanafrik Drum & Dance Company, Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula.
Gallery 76 – Location Map
To learn more about Against the tides: https://www.facebook.com/AgainstTheTidesArtists


The Introvert Artist behind the Extrovert Artworks – an interview with Ashwin Pillai by The Gyaan Guru


When I receieved this invite in my mailbox, I was estatic, since it was from Ashwin Pillai; he is special in many ways to me. He was a part of a group show I organized a few years ago and since then has been a steady support to so many Artists, he has a generous nature which makes him extremely approachable and yet he is so humble that you would’nt even know that he is a certified Doctor, a Fashion Designer, a writer, and most importantly a passionate Artist. This Multi talented Man has been always soft spoken, except when he paints, his work offers a voice to his personality that manifests in the vibrant colors and limitless boundaries that he makes and breaks in an outburst of outspoken creativity.

I had the pleasure of seeing his Solo Show in The Space – AUH – and it was brilliant, the selection of Artworks, the Colors, the controversial titles were my favorite and most all the personal tour from the Artist himself, since good things should be shared, here is a one on one interview for all of you; with the Man who constantly speaks through his Art.


On Passion for Art – It’s been a long long journey from my childhood sketches leading up to school and then at college level competitions transitioning to group shows and now finally my solo. I surely got more opportunities to showcase, after coming to the UAE.

A Color Blind Artist – I would state it as being differently abled. I see colors in a different shade than normal people do. So I play & experiment more with contrasts and textures and different shades. Also I have limited my current solo to the colour yellow. This limitation has actually freed up my other technical aspects. Being colour selective in a unique manner make my works more abstract that actually what meets your eye. I honestly feel that is also one of the main reasons why I have has instant buyers and serious art lovers.


Favorite Art Form – I have fallen in love with pour art, which seems to give the maximum amount of freedom to the paint. It usually involves pour paints on a canvas and turning and tiling the canvas to achieve different shapes. In other words it lets me dance with my frame titling and moving in tai chi manner.

Behind the title of your Solo “The Incessant Ramblings of A Yellow Kind” – Honestly I need to thank my friend and curator Archana RD for that. We come up with titles after discussing what went behind each work. Just like after drafting the scrip of the movie… the team decides to give an appropriate name to call it. The titles are merely depict what I see in the paintings, usually stemming from abstract thoughts and ideations. Its just a guideline, you may follow it or not. “Yellow is the spiritual representation of Manipura chakra or solar plexus. The seat of emotions if you may translate in energy terms. To me it also represents youth, happiness and prosperity.”


Timing of your Solo – The solo was always in the offing, it was just  a matter of time, location and ideas falling together. There could not have been a better time. Completely glad about every bit of it.

Solo Experience – It has been a great show with good sales and a wide range of connect with the audience.

Career Highlights – When I was commissioned to present a painting to Shri Pandit Jasraj Ji, one of the stalwarts of indian classical music and to have been able to hand it over to him in person. It was an emotional moment for me.

Art Lover’s feedback – Plenty of feedback in person and from the guest diary at the gallery. “Your paintings makes one think, dream, smile”… is what I can remember immediately… It was jotted by a Belgian traveller who happened to visit the venue. She also bought one of the works.

The feedbacks almost summed up what I hoped to achieve through my paintings.

Media Coverage – Almost all papers and art magazines announced/covered the event. To mention few :

I try to assign a face to emotion

http://gulfnews.com/about-gulf-news/al-nisr-portfolio/weekend-review/i- try-to-assign-a-face-to-emotion-1.1377699

Ashvin’s art is all yellow


Commercial Success – The sales have been good with as much as 8 pieces sold, and a lot more enquiries.

Show’s Venue – THE SPACE in Abu Dhabi is a beautiful venue, easily accessible and has wonderful positive energy.
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5 tips to young artists by Ashwin Pillai

  1. Don’t stop having fun as an artist
  2. Visit and participate in as many as art shows possible
  3. Practice discipline yourself to attract the right people/thoughts into your life
  4. Keep learning art no matter how good you may think you are… invest in right tutors/artists/institutions… everyone enriches you
  5. Forget money

Where can we find Ashwin Pillai’s Art

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/artashvin

TWITTER: @artashvin

INSTAGRAM: @artashvin

“The Polite Journalist” – an interview with Afshan Ahmed by The Gyaan Guru

Afshan Ahmed

“All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone’s feelings.” Denis Diderot

I have always aimed to share stories of people who by their sheer determination and hard work, have not only, achieved success in their career but are also grounded and humble in their approach to life; whose stories are worth sharing and inspiring.

Afshan Ahmed, is one of those inspiring people I came across early in my career, it was about 5 years ago, I was working on an event and with no budgets to spend, I had no money to advertise – the event was for a good cause and non profit, so I approached Journalists to take it up as a story – and after dealing with many Media specialists, most of whom were more interested in the nationalities of my participants or my list of sponsors or what gifts I can offer in return of the coverage; rather than the event itself, it was going really downhill for me, and well I almost had given up, but I had one last call to make and it was Afshan’s number.

I called Afshan Ahmed, knowing that this will be another NO thanks – your event is not worth my time. But, I was wrong on this one, she took me by surprise, I still recall how “Polite” she was and most importantly; she was interested in knowing about the event details, she took time to learn and understand. Her approach was investigative and she was concerned with the matter and not the fluff around the event, not once did she say, what’s in it for me Zareen and for that, she not only got my respect but an admiration that only grew over the years.

“Journalists are the Voice of our Nation, to write about them is an honor that makes my story telling worthwhile!”













What attracted you to the Path of Journalism – I always find this question hard to answer. I’m not sure what drove me to sign up for journalism at university, but there were indicators on the type of career I’d be suited for based on my personality.

Meeting new people, telling their stories and being inquisitive is part of it. Channeling all that into writing, honing my ‘nose for news’ was a natural progression. Along the way, you read the works of a lot of journalists and try to carve out your own style.

The Learning Process – I have six years of experience in news and features writing in the UAE, and it has been nothing short of awesome. Journalism has improved in leaps and bounds and I’m glad to be a part of that change. Of course, there is a lot more that can be done to push the boundaries, but the learning experience is invaluable.

Your take on Discrimination – Gender and racial bias aren’t exclusive to the field of journalism or the country, for that matter. Even if it does exist, it is covert. Having said that, it has never affected my ambitions and there is always a way around them.

The importance of Mentors in your career – This profession requires that you follow the best out there and try to push your limits. For me, mentors have come in the form of my professors and then colleagues. You surround yourself with professionals in the field, each giving you a different perspective that guides your thought process.

Your Biggest Support – Without a doubt, my parents. I grew up at a time when parents were forcing their children to pursue a career in medicine, engineering or business. That wasn’t for me, and my parents understood that. Taking up journalism could have been a misstep, but they understood that too! And they have always been there, no questions asked.















Your 5 Top Tips to Young Journalists

  1. Keep abreast of current events; along with writing skill
  2. Learn multimedia skills – that’s where journalism is heading
  3. Get social media active
  4. Follow the work of established journalists
  5. Don’t be  afraid to ask questions (that’s the job!)


How to get in touch with Afshan Ahmed –

Email: afshan.ahm@gmail.com/ aahmed@thenational.ae

Twitter -@afsh_ahmed

My author page – www.afshaninbyline.com

I am an Avid reader of Afshan’s work, she writes for one of UAE’s most reputable Newspaper – “The National.”