New Delhi, Jun 5 : Dabu printing and indigo dyeing are some of the most underrated and underplayed techniques with deep roots in India's artistic traditions. The blue cotton fabric commonly displayed at Indian cloth markets every summer is a result of this humble technique, these lure women of all ages, and some men too! Inspired by the natural indigo technique of Sanganer and Bagru, acclaimed artist Sangeeta Gupta ventured into bringing to fore the handicraft methodology and endeavored to take it to another level.
In just 8 days and 9 nights, the artist with all her passion and devotion created her record breaking masterpiece – Adiyogi Shiva: A journey in Cosmic Indigo. This also is the largest painting created by the artist thus far. The painting measures a massive 606 feet and 11 inches in length and stretches 3 meters wide. Through her revolutionary rendition of the art, Sangeeta has depicted the different aspects of Shiv-Shakti. Under the guidance of renowned Jaipur artist Ashok Atrey and Natural Dye expert Brij Udaywal, Sangeeta showcases Lord Shiva through the elements that contain him in every atom of their existence – the damru, the trishul, his third eye, the ardhnarishwar roop.
Various tandava have also been depicted in their abstract and symbolic forms throughout 71 pieces of the humble khaddar fabric joined together to make this huge masterpiece. Bathed in indigo – the colour of Lord Shiva – the delightful painting has already won many accolades, and now aims to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. Encouraged by the positive response to her painting, Sangeeta says, “I have never felt so satisfied despite showcasing my works in the Indian terrain as well as internationally as much as I feel now.
The idea to raise every person attached with this intricate yet so delightfully exuberant craftsmanship gives me all the more energy to work hard for a cause so close to my heart. It will be quite a revolution to bring indigo cultivation, a native practice to India on a podium where it is looked upon as something worthwhile. The chain reaction will be a beneficial one right from the level of the vulnerable farmer to the modest dyers in rural India and the craftsmen, encouraging everyone while uplifting the positioning of indigo in the global eyes.” Gupta's masterpiece aims to make Indigo cultivation and crafts made by indigo commercially viable so as to uplift the farmers and craftsmen. (UNI)