Jai Zharotia


Born in Delhi to a family of artisans and craftsmen, Jai Zharotia found himself drawn to the literary and artistic world. In order to pursue his interests, Zharotia trained in art, taking two diplomas, and joined the College of Art, New Delhi, in 1974 as a teacher. Accessible and non-dogmatic as a teacher, he encouraged students to tap into their creativity. His ability to demonstrate and teach a variety of art techniques have made this hands-on, affable teacher popular among students.

Essentially a painter, Zharotia is also known for his printmaking skills and has been a significant participant at national and international print exhibitions. He has organised several silkscreen printing and graphics workshops at the college as well as for NGOs such as Concern India Foundation and Udayan Care.

A great believer in destiny and the external forces that have controlled his life, Zharotia has incorporated the unconscious and unknown in his work. His evocative, mysterious-seeming work carries the undercurrent of duality present in traditional iconography, depicting the apparent and the hidden. His works featuring clowns, jugglers and puppeteers reveal his empathy for the tragicomic figures. Zharotia continues to explore the world around him with characteristic inquisitiveness, and lives and works in New Delhi.

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