Uttarakhand floods have prompted activists and artistes alike to think of solutions. An exhibition titled “Monsoon Sutra III” at Pullman hotel in Gurgaon is a tribute to the survivors and those who have lost their lives in these floods. Neeraj Mittra’s bronze sculpture Mood and Doom shows the heads of three horses struggling to emerge from the ground. Curator Dashmeet Singh says, “While we have been counting the number of people who have lost their lives, not many talk of the animals that have gone missing or have died. Their silence is not heard.”
The exhibition has over 40 paintings and sculptures dedicated to the rain, by 15 city-based artists . “This is the third edition of our annual show “Monsoon Sutra”. Until last year, emotions of love, togetherness and passion — a reflection of monsoon — formed the central theme of our show. We were preparing for a similar show this year, before the Uttarakhand floods happened. The connotations of the monsoon evoked this year are fear, destruction and nature’s fury, and this is reflected in the show,” says Singh.
Though Delhi-based artist Rajat Subhra Bandopadhyay had initially decided to paint the calmness of the hills for the show, he decided to show the destruction caused by the Uttarakhand floods, after he witnessed landslides on his visit to Jhaltola in June and got stuck in the rain. His painting, Flow, shows broken trees and land submerged in water. Surekha Sadana’s Rhythm of Life bring back memories of childhood in which one wore raincoats and boots during rains.
The exhibition is on display at Pullman, MGRoad, Sector-26, Gurgaon, till July 15.