Indoindians - India Club Children’s Painting Competition

Indoindians 4th on site painting competition is on Sunday, 21st April, 2019. This year’s theme is ‘Kindness’.

This event is in conjunction with the Charity Art Exhibition & Auction to support Saraswati Learning Center – school for special needs children.

The participants were divided into 2 categories by age,

  •  6 yrs to 10 yrs
  • 11yrs to 16 yrs

The Individual awards for each category are: 

First Prize: Rp 1 million
Second Prize: Rp 500,000/-

The winners will be announced on this page on 1st May as well as on the Indoindians Facebook page.

The 10 best entries will also be exhibited on the Indoindians website, FB and Instagram.

For any feedback and more suggestions, do reach out to us at [email protected]

Participants must bring their own crayons/color pencils/sketch pens and the art paper will be provided at the site.
Please note that water colors/acrylics are NOT allowed.

Details as below:

Date | Time: Sunday, 21st April, 1pm to 3 pm preceded by lunch

Venue: Tower Royal, Apartemen 1Park Avenue, Jalan K.H.Syafi’i Hadzami no. 1, lantai 2, Gandaria, Jakarta 12240  Google maps here >>

Registration: Please send details Name of child, Date of Birth, Father’s Name, email id & mobile number via WA to 082210008272 or fill form below

Indoindians Onsite Painting Competition

Indoindians invite children 6 yrs to 16 yrs to participate in our painting competition
  • Children's name
  • Child's date of birth
  • Parent's Name
  • Email id
  • Mobile number for communication

1. All the works received in Children on-site Painting Competition, prize-winning or not, remain the property if the organizer which may use them for whatever purpose within its own activities. The organizer reserves the copyright.
2. The grant of the above mentioned rights shall not entail an obligation to pay compensation to the participant.
3. Each work should have only one author, collective works will not be accepted.
4. The jury is composed of Indoindians editors.
6. The organizer reserves the right of final interpretation of any disputes arising from these rules and reserves the right to change the rules without prior notification.
7. This competition is open to children of all nationalities.


The Art of Giving - A Charity Art Auction: SLC & Indoindians Artists Collaboration

Saraswati Learning Center in Collaboration with IndoIndians Artists for  ‘The Art of Giving’- A Charity Art Auction

Vision: The vision for this Art Auction is to be able to provide a platform for all the inspiring painters in Jakarta to showcase their talent. Through this auction, we also wish to inculcate the beauty of ‘giving’ and encouraging a buddy system between all the inspiring artists in Jakarta with all the differently-abled individuals in Saraswati Learning Center.

This art auction will also create awareness regarding the abilities of the differently abled individuals by displaying their artwork for the auction.

We also want to create a feeling of togetherness and be “one community” by bringing in the underprivileged differently-abled students to come to school and obtain educational services.

Concept Idea for the Charity Art Auction

‘The Art of Giving-charity art auction’ will bring together a group of painters who would like to showcase and sell their paintings at an art auction organized at SLC with the theme of ‘The Art of Giving’.

Creating Art-Work and Awareness Together

The artists will come in as volunteers and be a buddy towards one child or a group of students at SLC which will be showcased and sold at the auction to raise funds for the less privileged special needs children. If the painters are not free to volunteer their time with the students, they can also choose to give a percentage of their profits made by selling their individual paintings.

The joint paintings can have the students with the painters explaining about their painting and sharing their experience about working with the painters. Thus creating awareness about their abilities in the field of art.

Register to Participate

Please fill the form below to register your interest to participate or request more information.
  • Registration Form

Entertainment & Refreshments

On this day groups of children from SLC will perform on the stage set up by us. The people coming for the painting exhibition will also get to see the children performing.

SLC with the help of our volunteers and teachers will also put up interactive stations for the children who come in with their parents on that day. The people can also interact with the vocational students to make bracelets, paint rocks with them. There will also be food and water station provided by SLC.

We can also have a silent auction for all the paintings or have a call out loud for the paintings at the end of the program.

Dates for the Exhibition/Auction

We plan to have the charity art auction on Sunday, 21st of April 2019.

Venue: Tower Royal, Apartemen 1Park Avenue, Jalan K.H.Syafi’i Hadzami no. 1, lantai 2, Gandaria, Jakarta 12240  Google maps here >>


Opening of the event

Paintings open for viewing

Performance by SLC students

Bazaars and interactions with the students

Painting Auction

Closing of the exhibition

SLC is very happy to collaborate with the IndoIndians Artists group. May this theme of ‘giving’ for the art auction inspire us and help us generate funds to bring the less privileged special needs students to school as ‘the more we give, the more we receive!’

Sponsorship of the event

We are looking for generous sponsors who can help us to cover costs as well as who can be part of this project to bring about a change in the lives of the underprivileged differently abled students. You can choose to any of the following options for sponsorship >> Art of Giving Sponsorship letter


Its really simple – just rounds of flattened pastry dough, but tastes great with Indian pickles. The crunchy mathis are savory and sometimes spiced with zeera and ajwain for a zing.


  • 2 cups plain flour (maida)
  • 1 tbsp. Ghee
  • 1/4 tsp. ajwain seeds
  • Salt according to taste
  • Warm water to make dough
  • Ghee for deep frying


  1. Blend together maida and salt, rub in the ghee and then add enough water to make a smooth pliable dough.
  2. Make small thin rounds out of all the dough. Prick them on both sides with a fork. Allow to dry a bit for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Now heat oil/ghee in a pan and deep fry a few at a time to a pale gold color.
  4. Drain thoroughly and cool and store in air-tight containers.

Serve with Pickle!

Holi the festival of colors and joy

Holi is the festival of colors, joy, happiness and full of fun and laughter.

In Hinduism, Holi (also called Holaka or Phagwa), an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). It celebrates spring, commemorates various events in Hindu mythology and is time of disregarding social norms and indulging in general merrymaking. This year, Holi will begin in the evening of Wednesday, March 20 and ends in the evening of Thursday, March 21.

Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a bonfire where people gather, sing, dance and party. These bonfires not only purify the air of evil spirits, but mark the story of Holika and Prahalad.

The next morning is a free-for-all explosion of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders.

Colorful holi

The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colour powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.

Here are some typical Holi delicacies that you can try:

  1. Thandai
  2. Gujiya
  3. Mathis
  4. Pakora

Do you have a special recipe for holi. Please do share in the comments below.

There has been a long tradition to have Bhang, an intoxicating ingredient made from cannabis leaves, mixed into drinks and sweets and consumed by many. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family.

In Bengal, Holi features the Dolayatra (Swing Festival), in which images of the gods are placed on specially decorated platforms and devotees take turns swinging them. In the meantime, women dance around and sing special songs as men spray colored water at them.






One legend that is associated to Holi is a story of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyapu. Yet another legend is about Krishna and Radha. As a baby, Krishna developed his characteristic dark blue skin color because demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, Krishna despaired whether Radha, who had fair skin and other girls would like him because of his skin color. His mother then asked him to approach Radha and color her face in any color he wanted. He did it and then Radha and Krishna became a couple. Ever since, the playful coloring of Radha’s face has been commemorated as Holi.

One must experience the festival in Mathura and Vrindavan and also pay a visit to the famous Banke-Bihari Temple. The crowd’s enthusiasm for their beloved Lord Krishna needs to be seen to be believed. In Vrindavan, the festival is celebrated for a week.

A third story about the origin of Holi has to do with God of love Kama and Shiva

There are lessons to be taken from all the legends associated to Holi. First, devotion to God always pays, as God will take his true devotee in his arms. Second, love can bridge the distance between two different people. From these two things, we can conclude that good deeds (devotion to God and love) will always win.

The colorful, joyous Holi festival symbolizes togetherness, joy, harmony, and hope amongst people across all sections of the society. On this day people forget their grudges, past mistakes, forgive people, and erase all impurities in their hearts. This is a festival where we can see how the diverse colors of human can blend into a beautiful and joyous event.

There’s also a divine message amid the joyous, playful and intensely colorful Hindu spring festival of Holi – It reminds of the divine and eternal love of Krishna and Radha. It also reminds one of Narashima, Prahlada and Hiranyakashyapa and thus the fact that ‘Truth and Humanity are invincible forces in the Universe‘.

Krishna Rasleela in a miniature painting

Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Holi message here>>


Holi is incomplete without gujiya – a pocket of pastry stuffed with sweet mawa and nuts and then deep fried. It can be stored for a week or two if not quickly finished that very day.


  • 500 gms maida (flour)
  • 1kg khoya
  • 3tbsps kismis (raisins)
  • 200 gms almonds (cut into thin strips)
  • 6 tbsps cooking oil. ( keep some more aside for deep frying)
  • 200 ml water
  • 500 gms sugar


  • Mix six tablespoons of oil with maida. Using fingers, mix well so that the mixture takes the form of breadcrumbs and binds to a certain extent. Now add some water and knead lightly. Keep adding water as required and knead into a soft dough. Set aside and cover with a damp cloth.
  • Put the khoya in a deep-frying pan and fry to a light brown colour. Add sugar into the khoya and mix well. Add almonds and kismis. Fry for a few minutes and remove from the fire. Let it cool.
  • Roll out the kneaded dough into a chapati, thicker and smaller than a normal chapati. Fill half the chapati with the khoya mixture, fold the chapati and seal the round, twisting the edges inwards. Take care that the filling does not ooze out.
  • Deep fry these gujjiyas, a few at a time, till they are a deep golden brown. Fry on a slow fire. When done, take them out with a sieve type ladle, draining the oil completely. Let them drain further on a spread out newspaper, till all the grease is soaked up.

Store in an airtight glass jar.
If you have a different recipe, do share with us at [email protected]


Thandai is a refreshing milk-based drink, accented with bold flavors. It is traditionally consumed in Northern India during the festival of Holi. You can find many variations of this recipe and nothing is quite set in stone so feel free to experiment with spices and proportions.


  • 1 1/2 liter Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Almonds
  • 1 tbsp Watermelon Seeds, skinned
  • 1/2 tbsp Khuskhus (Poppy seeds)
  • 1/2 tbsp Saunf (Aniseed)
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Rosewater
  • 1 tsp Whole Peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup Dried or fresh Rose Petals


  • Soak sugar in 1/2 liter of the water used. Keep aside.
  • Wash clean all other dry ingredients, except cardamom if using powder.
  • Soak in 2 cups of remaining water. Keep aside.
  • Allow all soaked items to stand for at least 2 hours.
  • Grind all soaked ingredients to a very fine paste. (not sugar)
  • Use a stone grinder (manual or electric) if possible.
  • When the paste is very fine, mix remaining water.
  • Place a strong muslin strainer over a large deep vessel. Or tie a strong muslin cloth over rim of vessel and use to strain.
  • Press through muslin with back of palms, extracting the liquid into vessel.
  • Add remaining water, a little at a time to extract more.
  • Pour back some of the extract and press, repress.
  • Repeat this process till the residue becomes dry and husk like.
  • Add milk, sugar and rosewater to the extracted liquid.
  • If using cardamom powder mix it in with the milk.

Mix well. Chill for a hour of two before serving.


Holi is around the corner and if you are enjoy this colorful festival playing with colors, somebody will find you and throw you into a pool of colors. Not taking enough precautions may expose you to skin problems in the coming days. Here are some important tips for skin and hair care for Holi this year.

Skincare tips

  1. Nothing can beat covering maximum part of your body with full sleeved clothes and trousers but the old remedy of using mustard oil/coconut oil/ olive oil/ vaseline over your entire body on the night before and the morning of Holi does wonders in removing the colors easily post Holi.
  2. Apply a good waterproof sunscreen and a thick moisturizer is a must.
  3. Herbal and natural colors like turmeric, tea leaves, henna, marigold flowers etc can be a very good choice for playing Holi as they don’t harm your skin much.
  4. Drink lots and lots of water as skin tends to get dehydrated with the use of chemicals so the hydration should be replenished.
  5. Use of a toner before stepping out to play Holi helps to close the pores of your skin thereby reducing the absorption and the harm.
  6. Another tip would be to remove Gulal with dry hands rather than using water as it spreads even more after water application.
  7. A transparent nail polish can take care of your nails, never rub your skin while removing colours and a facial cleanser is a better choice instead of a soap.
  8. If any irritation develops after the use of colors, wash the area with cold water and apply calamine lotion and a good moisturizer.
  9. Ripe papaya can be an excellent cleanser. Mix gram flour (besan), curd, lemon juice and one tablespoonful of coconut oil to form a paste. Apply the mixture on the face and body, rub it gently on the skin and wash off with plenty of water.

Haircare tips

  1. The best way is to tie your hair and reduce the damage because of colors.
  2. Apply leave-on conditioner or hair serum before playing holi. This protects the hair from the effects of sun exposure and dryness caused by colors.
  3. The scalp gets dry with the chemicals in the colours and the use of coconut oil or rosemary oil prevents it and the conditioner application post Holi takes care of it completely
  4. Hair should be washed with a mild shampoo and lemon juice can be added to prevent dryness and it also takes care of any infection. Don’t over shampoo and try to remove all the color in a single day. if its not going, shampoo nicely the next day.

Wishing you all a very colorful, safe and healthy Holi. Do share if this article was helpful to you in the comments below.


Meet and enjoy the artworks of our talented Indian artists in Indonesia, who are passionate photographer,  painters, or other media showcasing their original artworks at Indoindians Art Exhibition & Charity Auction on Sunday 21st April.

Venue: Tower Royal, Apartemen 1Park Avenue, Jalan K.H.Syafi’i Hadzami no. 1, lantai 2, Gandaria, Jakarta 12240  Google maps here >>

Vijaya Birla at the Indoindians Art Exhibition 2016
Vijaya Birla at the Indoindians Art Exhibition

Each artist will showcase up to 4 paintings or photographs which have been framed.

Please note that there are no costs involved. Indoindians will provide display panels and help in installation of the artworks. In case there is interest in buying any of the displayed artwork, please contact the artists directly. Artist contact details will available on the artwork labels.

Selected Artists Exhibiting are:

Arun Samak, photographerArun Samak

In time when our attention is dominated by the hustle and bustle of city and the day just spent on strategy, meeting and managing issues, anything that takes us back to nature will not only be relieving but rejuvenating.

I am happy that 6 years ago I started birding as a hobby and have been able to watch nature close up. Birding has given me a sense of balance and completely a different perspective to life.

This has taken me to so many places, to meet many wonderful people and the best of all the joy of being up close to the nature, to witness some of the wonders of God’s creation.

I feel I still have “many mountains to climb” and yet to capture my best image. You may see my photographs at

Jyoti ChawlaJyoti Chawla

Painting came to me at a stage in life where I had the time and the ability to explore various creative mediums. Leaving the corporate world after 16 years was fiercely fearful in itself. Trying to keep myself happily involved yet the creative satisfaction was primary. I’ve been a very creative person from the beginning, toying with needlework, croquet, embroidery and fabric painting has been part of growing up. Always enjoyed the satisfaction that a completed piece brings to the creator. So once the opportunity for oil painting knocked my doors I grabbed it with both hands.

I would call myself a trained artist who has some natural abilities which have been enhanced and sharpened. Feel blessed and happy that I could realize my talent and had the platform to explore it further. Painting has been with me since last 4-5 years only, so I would like to believe I am still a learner.
My subjects are totally based on what appeals to me and what I would like to see around me. The purpose of each canvas has been to explore a different technique each time. Pure oils to blending oils and acrylics is been the staple. Have been inspired by a few European and Vietnamese painters as well.

Vijay Laxmi Birla

Vijaya Birla

An arts graduate majoring in drawing and painting, Vijay Laxmi Birla became fascinated with art ever since her childhood. Vijay Laxmi does not restrict herself to any surface or medium. Her artistic journey covered sketches, landscapes, portraits, Tanjore and texture. She enjoys working with pencils and charcoal, water colours and especially acrylic and oil. She has been staying in Jakarta for twenty five years and has participated in five painting exhibitions in Jakarta. Email: [email protected]


Arupa PanigrahiArupa Panigrahi,

To practice any painting, no matter how well or badly, we always start with still life …..this is the only way to make our soul grow. These paintings seem to be easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you start doing it. It relaxes my mind to paint fruits. I do not bring to it the same tension of spirit as when am in front of an object. When I paint fruits with jugs and the table linen. I arrange the tones. I try out different values boldly without worrying about wasting a canvas.

Email ID- [email protected]Phone no.- +62 895-2400-6402



Nisha Gupta moved to Jakarta, Indonesia as a trailing spouse with her family having spent over a decade working as a consultant in corporate America. She came to art unexpectedly about a year ago.  Having spent several hours in traffic heavy Jakarta during her daily commutes, she started to sketch in the car to break the monotony. From sketching in the car as a worthwhile pastime and encouragement from her art-inclined friends, she continued her artistic journey into more innovative mediums such as water colors and oils. Her most recent discovery has been acrylics using the palette knife. Being self-taught curious artist with no prior training, she has yet so much to learn. Poverty and hardship is something that reminds us daily here in Jakarta, and Nisha wishes to give back to the community using her passion in art.

Rashi Sharda is an artist who venerates creativity across multiple forms, genres and media. Her upbringing in the beautiful city of Jaipur, amidst an art-loving family has had a deep impact on her personality, beliefs, and philosophy. Rashi’s professional proficiency at classical Indian singing, musical instruments and dance forms play a big role in rendering the art-form which she loves the most: Painting!

Rashi has lived in cities like Jaipur, Bandung and Jakarta and has travelled to countless more, often observing the universal attributes that connect humanity across civilisations. She is intrigued by the common denominator that distils across myriad cultures and philosophies of the world and tries to render her understanding of the universally primal conditions of the human way of life in her artworks.

For this exhibition, Rashi is projecting her thoughts on Sufi cults originating in Turkey and their representations in Rumi’s masterpieces . She has used aboriginal dot painting technique of Australian origin which she picked up in Indonesia, to literally connect the dots that the Turkish dervishes emulate with their circular dance form. She has tried to bring forth the use of a mathematically stable circle to form spiritually eccentric spirals that are prolifically observed in Turkish Sufism. Concept of titles with Indian etymology on display offers the perfect melange of cultures that she herself represents.

Rashi has a bachelors degree in fine arts from Jaipur and enjoys working in oils , acrylics , watercolors , charcoal , pens and exploring new mediums.

Suvarna Mantha is an art enthusiast who has a keen interest in Painting. Her works include landscapes, portraits, sketches. Has a special interest in oil paintings where she has a repertoire of paintings of Indian Gods in their various forms. Recently she has generated an interest in depicting Natural Animals in their natural habitats.

She has been living in Jakarta for last 3 years. She has participated in a few India club Jakarta exhibitions over the last 2 years in Jakarta.




We’ve all seen the women in Brahmin families wear the Madisar with elegance and the men wearing Pancha Kachcham with confidence. Ever wondered why they wear these clothing specifically?

Shanthi Seshadari explains what Madisar style of saree draping signifies and how beneficial it is:

MADISAAR STYLE DRAPING of the 9 yards saree

The traditional married Brahmin woman is draped in a nine-yard saree, also known as Madisaar. It is a symbol of her transformation from a girl to a woman who is now married. Normally sarees are six yards in length, but since the Madisaar is worn in a different style, one requires a nine-yard saree to wear it. It is a very important part of the Iyer and Iyengar culture. Both Iyer and Iyengar Brahmin wear Madisaars for all important occasions in their lives, starting with marriage, followed by Seemandham (form of a baby shower), all important poojas, and death ceremonies

Madi is the portion of the long pallu which is folded into two, lengthwise and tucked away at the back and this prevents it from slipping from the shoulder. The other word is Thaar – It means bringing a portion of dhoti or saree from front, between the legs and tucking it at the small of back. This will make the dhoti or saree like a pajama and helps free movement of legs. Also serves as a pair of pants. This word has now become ‘Saar ‘.

Shanthi Seshadari in Madisar saree style and temple jewelry 


Madisaar has a pressing not on both of hip nerves and behind backbone. This helps in pressing the nerves so that the woman who wears it do not feel hungry or thirsty. As there were more vrathams followed in those days, madisaar helps in making them less hungry and thirsty. And on festive occasions, you cannot take a pass in mid-session. Madisaar helps in controlling the process of excretion.

It is believed that Madisar especially the Kachcham (if you know to drape) at the back acts as a cushion to the lumbar area and it is exactly like that of the hip belt orthopedics suggest for people with back ache. Also, Madisar cushions our uterus and acts as a shock absorber and that’s why our ancestors hardly had any miscarriage or infertility problems.

By Shanthi Seshadari

Indoindians Art Exhibition 2017

Calling all artists. We invite all Indoindians members in Indonesia to showcase your talent and participate in our 4th art exhibition on April 21, 2019

Venue: Tower Royal, Apartemen 1Park Avenue, Jalan K.H.Syafi’i Hadzami no. 1, lantai 2, Gandaria, Jakarta 12240  Google maps here >>

Four (4) art works allowed per entry

Art works include painting, photography, sculpture and crafts.

We request that one of the participating artworks from each artist be contributed towards an art auction to support the Saraswati Learning Center school for children with special needsThe Art of Giving!

Thank you for the enthusiastic response and contribution to a noble cause. 

Event Agenda:

Venue: Tower Royal, Apartemen 1Park Avenue, Jalan K.H.Syafi’i Hadzami no. 1, lantai 2, Gandaria, Jakarta 12240  Google maps here >>

Sunday 21st April

11 am – Inauguration of  Art Exhibition

Meet & Greet the participating artists and enjoy the artwork.

12 noon – Lunch

2 pm – Children’s art competition

4 pm SLC performance

4.30 pm Art Auction & Wine evening

6pm – close


  • Artists should be over 21 yrs old
  • All entries must be the original work of the applicant and completed within the last three years.
  • Not accepted: kits, paint-by-number pieces, photocopies or photography of artwork, magazine or book illustrations, random snapshots.
  • Indoindians reserve the right to disqualify entries they consider to be unacceptable or inappropriate for a public exhibit.

Preparing Entries:

  • All artwork will need an identification label placed on the back.
  • All artwork will need a descriptive label printed on cardpaper with following details: This will be displayed below the artwork.
    1. Artist Name
    2. Title of the artwork
    3. Date of the artwork
    4. Size of the artwork
    5. The medium of the artwork
    6. Price
    7. Artist email id/mobile number
  • All two-dimensional entries should be matted, framed and/or ready to hang with wire securely on the back. All work must measure no more than 100 cm in any direction or weigh more than 10kg. Artwork that does not meet size limitations or specification will be disqualified.

Terms of Use & Participation

  • Entrants grant Indoindians, a non-exclusive license to use images of their work, in print and online, internationally, in Perpetuity.
  • Copyright for submitted works remains the property of the entrant.
  • When an image is used, the artist and title of the work will be acknowledged.
  • Each artist to provide 4 artworks
  • Artworks to be deposited at 1Park, Gandaria on Saturday, 20th April
  • All artists are requested to be at venue at 11am on Sunday, 21st April for the inauguration.
  • All artists are expected to be present during the art auction on Sunday, 29th April from 4pm onwards till closing.
  • Artwork can be collected after the exhibition on Sunday, 21st April at 6pm after the Charity Auction.
  • There is no charge to participation.
  • Any sale etc would be transacted between the buyer and Indoindians.
  • All participating artists to provide a profile and photograph for the Artists Page on this website

Important event dates:

  • Registration deadline: March 30th
  • Art drop off: April 20
  • Reception will be on April 21
  • Art pick up post exhibition on April 21 at 6pm