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For God’s sake!

British artist Mark Sinckler has stirred up a storm with his mural, which depicts angels flying above the bus that was blown up by Al Qaeda terrorists in London on July 7, 2005, killing 52 people.

entertainment Updated: Dec 08, 2010 01:41 IST
Soumya Mukerji

Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, has just entered England’s art scene. But, the work named after him is hardly being worshipped. British artist Mark Sinckler has stirred up a storm with his mural, which depicts angels flying above the bus that was blown up by Al Qaeda terrorists in London on July 7, 2005, killing 52 people.

In the West, the work has ruffled feathers since it reportedly shows four angels around the bus — the same number of bombers behind the act. Meanwhile, in India, it’s the painting’s title — Age of Shiva — that has made activists livid.

“Those who talk about secularism should sit up and take notice of what is happening in the garb of it. The government of UK should look into the matter ... we will also mobilise our members there,” says Prakash Sharma, spokesperson, Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The art fraternity is equally shocked. “It is bizarre to link Al Qaeda with Shiva,” says veteran artist, Anjolie Ela Menon.

Sinckler, on his part, says the incident disturbed him deeply, and that his work only aims to evoke justice. “I called it Age of Shiva because taking a critical look at faith in all its forms is something we all need to do, regardless of creed,” said the artist, when quizzed on his choice of title.

“There are, in fact, not four, but five angels, drawn from the paintings of old masters of Christian religious art, such as Rubens and Carravagio,” he further explained. The painting is on display at the famous Marks & Stencils gallery in London, barely two kilometres from the blast site.