“My paintings are mostly inspired by Madhubani style. Repeated stroke is a distinct feature of this style. I was curious to understand why such tedious, laborious work of repetition gives me so much joy. That led me to mantras which too are based on repetition. As I kept chanting I understood the similarities between mantras and the repeated strokes in a painting. This series of beeja mantras resulted out of that exploration and opened up a new world to me.”