We requested six grasp artists — the poet Javed Akhtar, photographer Sooni Taraporevala, author Shanta Gokhale, and artists Sudhir Patwardhan, Sudarshan Shetty and Sameer Kulavoor — what the lockdown had meant to them.
They conveyed their responses in verse, picture, prose, sculpture, and pen and pastel on paper. Here, then, is the repository of artwork created for the Hindustan Times, themed on Mumbai and the lockdown.
Save, share, ponder, tweet and write in to inform us what resonated most with you, and what you’ve been created, or would have created, in response.
* Fellow Traveller (Hum-Safar) by Javed Akhtar (Translated from Urdu by Rakhshanda Jalil)
Walking barefoot, On the scorching-searing highway
Melting in the warmth of the solar , Carrying their bundle of starvation and thirst
Both have set out from the Big City, To return to their small home in their small village
The home, That is much, far past. The power of their ft, And the resolve in their coronary heart
Who is aware of how distant?…
READ THE WHOLE POEM AND WATCH JAVED AKHTAR RECITE IT IN THE ORIGINAL URDU, HERE
* Our want for human connection stays: Sooni Taraporevala
Pictured at prime is the picture (35mm shot on a Leica M10). Here’s how the picture occurred
“…I found this couple deep in conversation, she seemed agitated, and he was comforting her by just listening. He glanced up, saw me with my camera, I gestured to ask if it was okay to shoot — he nodded “yes” — went again to her and by no means glanced at me once more.
“What this photo says to me is that our need for human touch and physical contact will never disappear.”
TO READ THE ENTIRE ACCOUNT BY TARAPOREVALA, A PADMA SHRI AND AWARD-WINNING CHRONICLER OF MUMBAI, GO HERE
* A Walk in the Park by Shanta Gokhale
At 80, Jayantrao Chowdhary is spry… He pulls on his ankle size socks, brown canvas sneakers and he’s able to go…
[His wife] Suman says, ‘One minute. I’d prefer to make a superfluous level. We are beneath lockdown. There’s a virus wandering outdoors. It’s blind. It can’t see who’s match or unfit. Today’s paper says…’
‘The reason why I haven’t learn it’s I don’t wish to know.’
Jayantrao locations one canvas-lined foot outdoors the door.
‘In that case, there is something else I’d prefer to say.’
‘Make it quick.’
‘If you bring the virus home I’m going to mom’s.’
‘Your mother died 12 years ago.’…
TO READ THE WHOLE STORY, ABOUT A WIFE WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO PROTECT HER HUSAND (AND HERSELF), WRITTEN BY THE SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI AWARDEE, GO HERE
* Departure by Sudhir Patwardhan
The migrant is just not a brand new determine in Sudhir Patwardhan’s work. “I have been painting people who lived in the city, but this is the first time I’m painting them as migrants; the migrant in a condition of absolute precarity. Whether they can return to being residents of a city is an open question,” he says.
“The city was home to everyone, despite all contrasts and differences in economic positions,” he added. “But this crisis brought home the frailty of that view. For so many thousands of people, Bombay could not be home. They were forced to leave.”
TO SEE THE PASTEL ON PAPER CREATED BY THE RENOWNED ARTIST, AND READ THE FULL ACOUNT OF HOW IT WAS CONCEIVED, GO HERE
* Dysfunctional by Sameer Kulavoor
Ever since Covid-19 restrictions had been imposed in March, I’ve missed seeing and doing issues I get pleasure from in the metropolis. People-watching, cab rides, the normalcy of social interactions at eating places, cafés, outlets, the quick tempo of the metropolis – they’re elements important to my artwork observe…
I’ve felt principally dysfunctional via the previous couple of months. And I’ve turned my eye to things and issues at dwelling. I acquire completely different sorts of scissors; they’re very attention-grabbing as a purposeful object and a chunk of design. Two elements should work collectively in order to be of any use — like all good partnership.
One factor led to a different and I ended up drawing completely different variations of dysfunctional scissors…
TO SEE THE WORK IN PEN AND INK ON PAPER BY THE RENOWNED ARTIST AND READ HOW IT WAS BORN, GO HERE
* For All That We Gather by Sudarshan Shetty
Pots, pans, sneakers, rolled-up bedding, a metallic field, a gunny sack: these are the meagre possessions that talk to us of a household’s life. It is straightforward to imagine that the household in query is poor, and that these possessions have been deserted in haste, however that’s not all that artist Sudarshan Shetty would need you to consider.
Standing 7 ft tall, this new work is carved out of re-used wooden that has been collected from numerous dismantled constructions in and round Mumbai. “While this piece may open up a space for multiple stories of the imaginary person in question, it may also evoke a sense of a foreboding absence,” Shetty says…
TO SEE THE SCULPTURAL INSTALLATION IN REUSED TEAK CREATED BY THE RENOWNED ARTIST AND READ HOW IT CAME ABOUT, GO HERE