From Volga to Ganga

From Volga to Ganga
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Water is most essential life form and in our nation water and water bodies are held in high regard as holy and pious. This precisely was the theme of the works by renowned artist Manish Pushkale, who exhibited them under the title ‘Amidst Two Waters’ at Kalakriti Art Gallery.

Manish Pushkale, who was inspired by Rahul Sankrityayan’s ‘Volga se Ganga’, recreated a painting by mixing water from the great rivers

Water is most essential life form and in our nation water and water bodies are held in high regard as holy and pious. This precisely was the theme of the works by renowned artist Manish Pushkale, who exhibited them under the title ‘Amidst Two Waters’ at Kalakriti Art Gallery.

Manish Pushkale and his works

Manish started his life as a geologist and always had a keen fascination for art. His visits to Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal rejuvenated his interest and he became a full-fledged artist. He has always been in the company of renowned artistes and has developed his own style of painting with keen interest. J Swaminathan, Manjit Bawa and S H Raza have been a great source of inspiration for him in his journey with art.

“For the last 23 years, I have been collecting ‘water’ from the various rivers and oceans across the globe. I distinctly remember my grandfather Jamnalal Jain, who used to not only collect water from different rivers but also mix the waters of the rivers as a very pious ritual and consider this as a very holy ritual. It’s all about tradition, belief and culture,” Manish says

All the paintings in these series are made out of the waters of the different regions of the world. This invokes not only the travel memories but also the distinct nostalgia of the places of visit. Water has time immemorial been associated with the battle within countries, states, regions or people. Water has been one of the most important points of survival for mankind and has been the central point of establishment for any human society around it.

“For me, it’s not a political battle but the pious values that are associated with water all around the world. The present exhibition has water from many places like Ganga, Yamuna, Nile river, Volga river and river of Jordan integrated into the canvas,” he shares.

“There is also a well known book ‘From Volga to Ganga by Rahul Sankrityayan which traces history of Aryans over a time span of 8000 years. One of my paintings has been done by using a mix of the waters from the River Volga and River Ganga.

Initially the water comes on starkly into the painting, and then it evaporates, but finally remains along with the colours on the canvas. Water becomes the very medium of existence for the canvas,” Manish signs off.

By: Jaywant Naidu

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