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World Elephant Day: Gaj Mahotsav unites Indian artists, celebs for tusker pal

World Elephant Day: Gaj Mahotsav unites Indian artists, celebs for tusker pal

The elephant is an animal that holds numerous fascination for everybody since our childhoods. It’s additionally worshipped. The Hindu god of excellent luck, Lord Ganesha can also be the elephant god. It’s additionally India’s Nationwide Heritage Animal. Nonetheless, the state of this majestic animal is changing into pitiable resulting from man’s battle with the wild.

On World Elephant Day (August 12), a cultural competition within the Capital will unite artists and celebrities to lift consciousness on elephant dialog, and reinforce its standing as our Nationwide Heritage Animal.

Titled Gaj Mahotsav, the occasion organised by Wildlife Belief of India (WTI) and the Ministry of Atmosphere, Forests and Local weather Change (MoEFCC), will sensitise folks by way of completely different artwork types together with an exhibition of elephant themed work and installations. Actor and UN Atmosphere Goodwill Ambassador for India Dia Mirza, who can also be the WTI ambassador, has additionally lent help to the trigger.

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Actor Dia Mirza with an elephant set up created by Brinda Miller and Bandana Jain.

Ina Puri, co-curator of the exhibition, says, “It’s essential to have festivals like these in any other case the elephant stays a creature within the wild, and folks don’t change into conscious of the explanation behind the battle between man and animal. We have to see the elephant out of its utility.”

“We’re all born free, and we should be at liberty to make the alternatives and comply with the trail that we have to in life, [and] so ought to all dwelling beings.” — Dia Mirza, actor

The occasion spotlight stays to be the 101 life-size artwork items representing the 101 elephant corridors of India. These have been painted by artists from throughout India. “We’re all born free, and we should be at liberty to make the alternatives and comply with the trail that we have to in life, [and] so ought to all dwelling beings,” believes Mirza.

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Artist Brinda Miller, who has painted one of many elephant installations, says, “Elephants had been one of many first animals that I will need to have learnt to attract as an artist. I had earlier painted a feminine elephant for the Elephant Parade that came about in Mumbai, and known as it Rani. This time, together with artist Bandana Jain, I’ve conceptualised a male elephant set up and known as it Gajendra. It’s bought a lotus painted on its mat and again, which depicts the gentleness of the elephant, and a visible medium has a big impact on folks.”

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An art work titled Misplaced Horizon by Paresh Maity.

There may even be a pictures exhibition, workshops, and talks by personalities. Alka Pande, artwork critic, who has curated the pictures exhibition, says, “I’ve chosen 51 pictures that may sensitise the frequent folks to Asian elephants. Its a visible journey that sees elephants in artwork. Elephant is meant to be the architect of the jungle, and [this festival highlights that only] if our animal life is protected, we’re protected.”

However, that’s not all. There may even be screenings of movies on elephants and performances by Delhi-based Indian rock band Euphoria, apart from performances by famend Indian dancers Padma Shri Astad Deboo, Padma Bhushan Mallika Sarabhai and Padma Bhushan Saroja Vaidyanathan.

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Indian modern dancer Astad Deboo.

Indian modern dancer Astad Deboo, who has choreographed a particular piece for the competition, says, “My efficiency will start with the elephants within the wild, and the village having fun with a superb harvest. [In the] subsequent scene hunters see the elephants and because the dance progresses you see there’s a conflict between elephants and hunters and ultimately each elephants in addition to villagers and hunters are affected by the conflict. The closing dance places ahead the query: Why can’t we respect the surroundings, and let the elephants have their house?”

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The artists have checked out elephants in several methods, and a few even really feel that it’s essential to shock the viewers by way of their work. Veteran wildlife photographer, Rajesh Bedi, whose work may even be on show, says, “I really feel blissful if my works can be utilized to preserve the habitat of elephants and their corridors. Within the title of elephant challenge, there’s zero work taking place in India. At the least the ministry is doing one thing by way of this competition. However, we additionally want to indicate the unhappy a part of the story to folks, that’s, how folks worship the Ganesha and however kill the elephants.”

  • What: Gaj Mahotsav
  • The place: Indira Gandhi Nationwide Centre for the Arts, 11, Mansingh Street
  • When: August 12 to 15
  • Timing: 9am to 9pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat on Yellow and Violet Line

Work together with the writer at Twitter/@HennaRakheja

First Printed: Aug 12, 2018 16:37 IST

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