Reviving Swachh Bharat's objective through art

Reviving Swachh Bharat's objective through art

Tricoloured edge

In view of the approaching Independence Day, India Habitat Centre is hosting a painting exhibition by Bhaskar Singha, titled, ‘Swchh Bharat Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. Singha comes with a 25-year experience in the field of arts and his exhibition is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA)which he launched last year. The show is presented by India World Cultural Forum, at the Convention Centre Foyer, from August 9 to 14.

Singha named his show after the cleanliness mission’s objective. He tells Metrolife, “After Modiji launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan  last year there was a slight change,  I observed. Not everybody followed it religiously but there was a sense of shame one felt before throwing garbage aro-und. A person started thinking twice before littering.”

He adds, “As a year has passed people have started easing over the issue of cleanliness, they are forgetting the cause. So from my side, as a reminder, I wanted to dedicate my show to this cause.”

The show is named after the SBA, but the paintings on display are Singha’s cumulative work over the years since 1989, the time when he started. The artwork comprise sketches, watercolours and acrylic.

The canvas paintings mostly have a tinge of saffron, white and green over the compositions, adding the

Independence Day appeal to the exhibition.“My previous exhibition was only watercolour based. Only one is left from that stock and the rest I have managed to sell out. In this exhibition too I have managed to sell four to five of my acrylic on canvas paintings,” says Singha.

He explains that his watercolour paintings had at least 10 layers of painting done on them and the acrylic ones have at least five to six as opposed to his black and white sketches.

“Every composition has a circle going from the top or from the bottom of the main subject. There are many circles I have tried to portray, because according to me a circle is representation of the universe,” he says.

Also, another very uncanny effect that he adds to his paintings is dots and points, conjoining, intersecting and running parallel on the canvas. For this he gives the same explanation that “a point is a very significant part of the universe.”

Singha’s exhibition still has little to say about cleanliness and more about lucid drawing of his observance of everyday life in India.

The exhibition is currently on at India Habitat Centre, Convention Centre Foyer, till August 14, from 11 am to 8 pm.  

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