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Quietly flows the Ganga – New Delhi News

“The sheer theatre in Ganga’s embrace got imprinted in my mind. The river ceased to be just an element for me. It became greater than everything and consumed me. The excitement and awe towards it have only grown over the years,” says artist Jayasri Burman whose newest exhibition ‘River of Faith’ opened in the nationwide capital lately and has now shifted to Gallery Art Exposure in Kolkata (until March 1).

This solo exhibition by Burman after greater than a decade is an ode to the Ganga — a ‘topic’ she has been engaged on since 2004. She says is a means of reminding us to place confidence in nature and its immense energy.

“We all saw how the bodies were dumped in the river during the peak of the second wave. The river took it all. Nothing changed its course, its purity, the belief people have in her… Even in the most traumatic of times, she did not disappoint anyone,” she tells IANS.

Pointing in direction of the 84X216 canvas, she provides that if she may paint sound, she would try to seize the mystical notes of the river… But how does one categorical the many sides of the mighty river — its tranquillity, wilderness, motion and immortality.

“Ganga is how I attempt to compose the balance between its fluidity and the rootedness of the faith it evokes. Over 2020 and 2021, in the pandemic gloom, I have witnessed the abuse faced by Ganga on multiple occasions. Through my work, I wish to spread the message that it is a circle we all inhabit, and only if we nurture nature and not make her suffer, will humanity be able to live harmoniously,” says the artist who has noticed Ganga at numerous locations she flows.

Talking about the big sculptures in the exhibition, Jayasri says whereas it took a number of years to conceive, she spent a 12 months placing them collectively. First made with clay, they had been moulded in fibreglass and later put in wax mould earlier than the casting was executed with bronze, she stated.

For somebody whose work just isn’t characterised by one explicit model however is in truth an amalgamation of her quite a few influences, she smiles that this has to do with the urge to study always and evolve each day.

“How can one be a fulfilled artist? Every line I draw introduces me to a new facet of my skill and thought process. There is awe in every moment. Even a slight change in my life is reflected in my art.”

Talking about her fascination with mythology, she attributes it to the elaborate ‘pujas’ and ‘katha’ recitals at house when she was rising up.

“I would always wonder about the characters, did those things really happen? Slowly, they seeped into my art in one form or the other,” she remembers.

In these extremely polarised occasions, when speaking about mythology and Hindu gods and symbols can simply get somebody branded, Burman stresses, “I live in India where every morning I wake up to my staff chanting. Dashboards on cars have idols of different gods. I strongly believe everyone likes to visualise the ‘power’ in the shape one likes to see and derive the strength. I was born in a spiritually awakened family.”

And in the case of the Ganga, she says that she is interested in it each as a believer and artist.

“In Benaras, I saw several foreigners doing the same rituals which we do. Now, many of them might not know the philosophy behind the ritual, but who are we to say that doing that they were not drawing a certain peace from doing that? Belief works in different ways. As an artist, the colours, the many hues, different shapes of objects, the figures of people from varied walks and their expressions out there narrate a little story to me.”

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