Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 21:
Bakul Foundation and East Coast Railways today organized a public art event titled ‘Water on Wheels’ to spread awareness on water related issues in Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar.
The event started at 3PM with some of the best young contemporary artists of Odisha giving expression to their concerns about water issues at the Bhubaneswar railway station. The artists painted live on canvas in front of the Reservation and Booking Counters. The sight of so many professional artists painting in an unusual but crowded area, generated curiosity among the people.
The artists and Bakul volunteers engaged the public on the issues of water and some artists also collaborated with the public in creating their art work.
DRM, East Coast Railways Sailendra Kumar Singh, SDCM HL Lumhang ,Chief PRO Jyoti Prakash Mishra and Sujit Mahapatra from Bakul Foundation were among the guests.
The future plan is to give wheels and a new life to these art works by putting up reproductions of the art works in the railway coaches. These images will then sensitize thousands of people in the process.
The professional artists who took part in the vent include Pratap Kumar Jena, Smrutikanta Rout, Pinaki Mohanty, Marut Kumar Rout, Smruti Sai Mishra, Arjun Singh and Priyoum Talukdar. Besides, many child artists from East Coast Railways employees’ families participated in the event. Some rag pickers who came first for food ended up drawing their perspectives on water.
In his collaborative art work, in which the spectators also participated Pinaki played on the difference between usage of water in the cities and in the villages. Whereas in the cities -symbolized by taps-water is often wasted as the taps are left open, in the villages- symbolized by the tube wells- water is drawn only when needed. In his painting in which around 30 people participated, the public gave expression to the need for conserving water, planting trees, recycling and reusing water.
In his simple but striking painting, Marut Kumar Rout had his canvas painted entirely black except for a triangle marked in red indicating danger and containing the image of a water-drop.
Bakul Foundation, in association with partners, has been taking the lead in Odisha in the last few years in creating awareness on issues relating to water through the medium of art. In 2013, Bakul organized the painting of the Wall of Water in Bhubaneswar in which a 500 ft long public wall was painted by hundreds of people on the theme of water.