In 2012, I visited Rajasthan for all its glory. The cutting edge golden light dazzled me; the colors lured me; the sandy dunes with its curves and patterns entangled with my creative self; the versatile characters of the locales and the indispensable camel enthralled me; the architectural vivacity with unique color regional identity left me spellbound and its rich folk music mesmerizing me.
When I entered, I was a visitor, when I moved around; Rajasthan aroused the artist within me inviting to visit again and again.
Here started my journey to explore the uncanny side of Rajasthan. Rajasthan has kept alive its roots; its colorful traditions; it’s glorious past still gleaming on the faces of sharp featured people with the innocence so rare of now; the color clad women veiled in with the shyness, worn as the grace of womanhood; the children with sparkling curiosity in traditional attire ready to embrace the future. Rajasthan is the unique state filled with color, culture and history.
This exhibition encases the fusion of real and surreal, expressed in a confluence of visual and performing expressions.
When I visited ‘Gadisar Lake’ in jaisalmer, Rajasthan, with the backdrop of the jaisalmer Fort ‘Sonar Kella‘one locale was playing melodious folk music on his ‘Ravanahatha'. In the quietness of death beside the cremation ‘Chhatris’ (Umbrellas), enchanted by his echoing folk melody, I picked one piece of burnt wood and started scribbling on the walls the forms of camels that most appealed to me. The music lead to drawing the icons of life of jaisalmer- the camels, the folk musician and his wife... ( Content courtesy of http://anantamandal.in/ )