Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Indian Art on the World Map

Sculptor Ashish Ghosh represented India at the Beijing Olympic in 2008. His participation across all odds, has brought fresh lease of hope to young sculptors who would now aim for international recognition from the shell of their homeland.
With India winning the bid for Olympic 2020, it will be a boon for Indian Art and Architecture. Infrastructure is being decked up already with the mega-event in vision. India should definitely see an upward trend in various creative fields owing to this anticipation.
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This piece seen below is one of Ashish Ghosh's works that I particularly like for its remarkable use of wood. It is named, 'The Five Elements' (referring to the concept of 'Tattva' from Indian Heritage).
Indian scriptures describe the Five Elements that constitute Material Existence as - Jal, Vaayu, Agni, Prithvi and Aakash (Water, Air, Fire, Earth and Ether respectively). Ghosh's sculpture is a wonderful representation of these five elements.

It displays the fluidity of Water, the flight of Air, the possibility of a blaze of Fire, the grounding of Earth.... and the ominipresence of Ether in a single simplified structure. Together, 'The Five Elements' master-piece symbolizes Material Existence.

1 comment:

Judith HeartSong said...

I love the piece "The Five Elements" above and also think that you have a wonderful start to an art blog here. Keep up the great work!

Judith

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