Saturday, February 28, 2009

Between the Rain and the Mind…,Or It is Mind Raining…

Between the Rain and the Mind…,Or It is Mind Raining… Dhanaraj Keezhara presents his new painting series, titled – “I SHALL DIE IN A HEAVY RAIN” For Dhanaraj, the medium of painting is a tool to express his feelings, imaginations and philosophy of life. In the exibition in 2006 - Truth from the Margin he visualized the marginalized communities. The current series captures the emotions associated with rain and is also a critical commentary on destruction to the environment. As a study of the politics of water, Dhanaraj’s work explores related issues such as global warming, land-mining and consumerism. These frames are a stark contrast to scenes from his own village that describe the land in rainy seasons – scenes that depict vibrant life.Titles Manasu Peyyunnu or ‘mind raining’, these frames offer a live visual experience of rain in the village. It takes the viewer from blue swirling winds and black clouds of gloom to shafts of light and liveliness, and to rain-drenched green fields of happiness. Yet what is impossible to translate into words is the artist’s ‘real time’ experiences. What it is possible to feel is the intricate weaving of several strands of thought and feeling. Nostalgic imagination, ideological perspective, economic and political commentary and ethnic insight all weave themselves together. Finally, it is these merging streams of artistic intuition and current reality that draws in the viewer. Dhanaraj’s Keezhara’s title “I Shall Die in a Heavy Rain” suggests a mind trying to register his anxiety and protest. These frames of nostalgic rainy landscape and rhythmic mystic rain provide a context for deep meditation or reflection within the discursive structure of society. The painter explicitly points out the innumerable environmental hazards created by men, and an increasing human estrangement from nature, of which we have become a silent witness. Jalasamadhi, for instance, dedicated to Plachimada movement, unveils the strategic plots behind the emerging economy of bottled water culture. Representations of politics and nostalgia are juxtaposed with the diverse melodies of raining, drizzling, and pouring, which the artist depicts using bright and thick colours. Further, the paintings describe that in between the emotions and politics, in between the drizzles and raindrops, there is a moment of silence. It is in this silent space one can meditate and search oneself, and hence the name “mind raining”. Dhanaraj Keezhara’s work emerges from the negotiations of people with their society and environment. Fired by a belief in art's ability to heal and renew a world torn asunder by violence and strife, he has continuously involved himself in community initiatives and education. From his student days at the College of Fine Arts, Kannur, through his ten year stint at various NGO’s and his present work at CHRISTEL HOUSE INDIA Bangalore, art has always been a means of connecting with people and sharing his emotions and experiences. He has lived and worked with several indigenous communities including the tribal communities of Wayanad in Kerala, the Lambani community of Bidar, bordering Karnataka and Maharashtra as well as the Narmada valley community during the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save Narmada Campaign). These experiences and dialogues continue to enrich his work.
Dr. Sujith Parayil

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Women send pink underwear to Pramod Mutalik But will it suit him, do you think? By Subhankar Kundu Indian youths have found a unique way to express their anger against what they see as moral bullying from Sri Ram Sena and its leader Pramod Mutalik. In a fitting reply to Pramod Mutalik’s disturbing anti-Valentine’s day remarks, the blog is urging people to gift them with cartloads of pink underwear. The Pink Chaddi Campaign was kicked off on 5 February to protest against the Sena’s warning against celebrating Valentine’s Day and the attacks on women in Mangalore. It started off online among members of a social networking group but now, people out on the streets are joining in. A "consortium of pub-going, loose and forward women", still seething from Pramod Mutalik’s lecture, will collect chaddis from across the country and courier them to the Sri Rama Sena’s Bangalore office by V-Day. This is the revenge of the urban woman, the pink undergarment her symbol of annoyance. A magazine journalist, Nisha Susan, started the blog with the idea that it could be a forum for people to express their anger over the group’s notorious activities. Nisha said, "On Thursday, I had an impulse that we should do something. I planned this campaign and posted it on the blog." Nisha claims that there are around 1,700 posts from every corner of the world, including small towns and Indian metros. These posts came in across all age groups, from six-year-old to senior citizens, and a lot of men too. Nisha says, "They are not fools. They are political manipulators and we should give them what they deserve." She fears that if Ram Sena’s activities are ignored, more political groups will hijack the issue and try to control women’s freedom. The campaigners do not specify if the undergarment should be new, but people interested can drop ‘pink chaddis’ at the collection box. The blog says, "Look in your closet or buy them cheap. Dirt-cheap. Make sure they are PINK. Send them off to the Sena."

Monday, February 2, 2009

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