Sachin Jaltare’s mixed media works explore the tango of form and formlessness, energy and desire, and the mortal and divine. His recent paintings combine figurative and abstract elements fluidly to weave an engrossing narrative that is both authentically Indian and contemporary. Fragments and silhouettes of hauntingly beautiful men and women, representing Shiva and Parvati, are portrayed locked in a sensuous duet of lowered lids, trailing fingers and passionate half-embraces. The sylph-like women and the medieval knight-like men with blazing red tikkas on their foreheads are pictured against moody, nocturnal land- scapes in charcoal, grey, black, scarlet and blue. The expressionist, acrylic canvasses are further flecked with esoteric symbols drawn from the natural world and Hindu mythology.