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September 07, 2015

Watch Some Village Tales

Text by Huzan Tata

Take a peek into the rural life with Mayadhara Sahu’s solo show

Some artists are inspired by their surroundings, and some, look for an escape from them. One such creator is Odisha-born artist Mayadhara Sahu, who, fuelled by a sense of loneliness that living in a big city often instills, creates artworks that take him back to his village days.

‘Through his choice of medium – marble, wood and metal – Sahu attempts to strike a balance between urban chaos and rural modesty, taking further his idealised vision that is placed between myth and reality,’ says the press note for the show.

5 Questions with the artist, Mayadhara Sahu

  1. Artistic Motivations “I am deeply connected with my family and friends, who always push me to go further, especially my father.”
  2. Inspirations “When I went to Bhubaneswar for my further studies, I found changes in my surroundings and lifestyle. They started evoking nostalgic feelings for my home, stories found there, and the surrounding objects. This became the source for my art practice.”
  3. On the wall at home “There are many artists who I would like to have, but if it has to be just one, it would be Sudarshan Shetty.”
  4. Concerns that find a place in your art “There is one thing which I always address in my work – changes in places and persons. There are many developing and developed cities, and there are villages that see very few changes through time. Creating works related to villages keeps me connected to my family, friends, culture and society. I try to reflect this in my art.”
  5. If not an artist you would be… “I haven’t thought about it…probably working with my father.”

Village Tales is on display at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (Grants Building, Colaba) until September 11, 2015.

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