Sights and sounds of Spring

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Spring: Nature-Prakriti -Qudrat was the theme celebrated by the 4th edition of Chandigarh Art & Heritage Festival that kicked off on 24th of April bringing together performing, literary and visual arts spread across the ‘City Beautiful’. The festival closed on the 28th of April.


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better’, said Albert Einstein. On this note, the festival commenced with a spectacular dance – theatre performance Jalam (Water) by the Samudra Performing Arts of Kerala. Directed and choreographed by Madhu Gopinath and Vakkom Sajeev, the dancers combined yogic moves, Bharatnatyam and Kalaripayattu (martial art form from Kerala). Jalam captures the many moods of water, its many forms of energy – both creative and destructive, its formlessness and the irreverence shown to it by modern man.

Sea was also at the center of the work of Subodh Kerkar, Goa based installation artist who for the past 20 years has been experimenting with locally sourced material capturing an intrinsic link between life, nature and art. During his lecture and slideshow on Installation Art’ the artist admitted ‘sea shores are my favourite canvass and the sea my master and muse.’ He explains the ephemeral nature of some of his works by the impermanence of life – ‘waves write poetry on sand and not satisfied wash it off again and again. My work too is  poetry on sand.’

Installation by Subodh Kerkar

His recent installation, Unfolding a Dream, created at Vagator beach in Goa is expressive of his solidarity with the Tibetan cause. It includes 600 Tibetan prayer flags with 200 Tibetan monks staging a torch march.

The festival, organised by the three art academies of Chandigarh – the Sangeet Natak, the Lalit Kala and the Sahitya – along with the Department of Culture came together to bring to the city this rich fair. Alliance Française de Chandigarh played its role as a platform for intercultural exchanges hosting the work Landscape in Miniature– an exhibition of paintings of the great artist Bireswar Sen. Meticulously made on 2.5” x 3.5” sheets of paper with wash technique, there was something compelling about his poetic invocations to nature.

Bireswar Sen

Enigmatic splash of colour and miniscule details bring alive these tiny frames and the viewer finds himself in a peaceful and quaint conversation with Mother Earth. ‘Land is sacred according to the old Indian tradition, Prithvi (Earth) being the wife of Vishnu’, observed Dr. B.N. Goswami, the renowned art historian during the event. The artist, Bireswar Sen was born in 1887 and grew up learning from distinguished artists that included Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath and later Nicholas Roerich.

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