Mythological stories and characters have always been fascinating for the most of us. Some of the characters portrayed in these ancient tales are inspiring in many ways, and one such character is of the Hindu God Hanuman.
A believer of his virtues and attributes, artist Charuvi Agrawal has dedicated her artworks to Mahavir. Her latest creation, a colossal installation of Hanuman- 25 feet long and made up of 26,500 bells it is currently being displayed at the Select Citywalk mall in Saket.
A hand-painted sculpture of Yupaksha - one of the asuras from the Ramayana by Charuvi Agrawal
"The idea was to utilise an interesting material for the installation which is different from the mundane form and usual mediums like stone, terracotta, marble. Therefore, I created a structure made of 26,500 bells- which is also a metaphor of invoking light and is associated with positive vibration," says Charuvi.
"This installation took over two days, and a whole lot of hard work has gone into it," adds Arjun Sharma, director, Select Citywalk.
A Hanuman-themed cabinet
The structure is part of an exhibition at the mall, titled, Awakening, which also features 20 hand-painted sculptures inspired by the asuras from the Ramayana, Hanuman-themed cabinets, and an animated film which is the metaphorical interpretation of the Hanuman Chalisa.
The thought process for Awakening started when Charuvi was working on an animated film for a client. That is when the idea of creating physical structures and visual forms came about.
"It's like culture and art marrying mythology - a unique experience which has probably not been explored before. The reason why I agreed to do mythology is because we all have been brought up with the same value system and it is deeply rooted in our culture. So when it comes to re- narrating the stories in this era, it is rare to come across interactive narratives," says the artist.
Catch it live
What: Awakening- art exhibition
Where: Select Citywalk, Saket
On till: October 5
Timings: 10am to 10pm
Nearest metro station: Malviya Nagar on Yellow Line