When you think of the monsoon, vivid images of pleasant rain and jovial chit-chat over a cup of coffee and a platter of hot pakodas might come to your mind. But there is a sinister side of the season as well, which was seen in the form of the destruction that happened in Uttarakhand after the heavy downpour. Now, an art show, titled, Monsoon Sutra- III, starting today, will depict the fury of the monsoon in its various shades and colours.
“Though I organise this exhibition every year to celebrate the beauty of the monsoon, this time around, we are showcasing the fury of monsoon,” says Dashmeet Singh, curator of the show. “What happened in Uttarakhand is a reminder that if man does not respect nature, there is bound to be destruction. Water is supposed to be the calmest of forces, but when it is not respected, it can turn harmful and cause destruction like the recent floods in Uttarakhand,” adds Singh.
The exhibition has a series of 39 paintings and sculptures dedicated to rain gods by 14 city-based artists. The highlight of the show is a series of works by Delhi-based artist Rajat Subhra Bandopadhyay, depicting the serenity of the hills in Uttarakhand before the rains, and the aftermath after the flood. “I visited Uttarakhand in June and was stuck on the way back from Jhaltola. That’s when I saw the aftermath and was deeply hurt by it. I have tried to capture this destruction in my second series,” says Bandopadhyay. The Awakening, by Gurgaon-based artist B Jaya Lakshmi, depicts a trishul. “The alarm bells hanging from the Trishul are a sign for us to wake up and start replenishing nature before it’s too late,” says Lakshmi.