One of the most favourite paintings of Mrs.Kanak Sinha.In Hindi language , the word love has many different names depending upon the relationship between two people.A mother’s love for her child which is referred to as ” Vatsalya” is considered second only to love for God ” Bhakti”.
Continuing with Mrs. Kanak Sinha’s paintings.She grew up mostly in cities and towns yet village compositions were frequently painted by her.This painting depicts a bangle seller, selling bangles door to door.There was a time, when they used to visit homes and roam the streets with a basket on their head.The basket had glass bangles of different colours tied separately ,they were tied size wise, colour wise in a circle with pieces of threads.People used to call them, as in, shout from their verandahs to visit..and when they came, the women and girls of the household used to go beserk.Bangle sellers had something for everyone,even the tiniest of wrists had matching sizes, that day each and every female loaded their wrists with atleast 4 dozen bangles…2 in each hand .Think of a colour and it was there, even the domestic help were asked to come and choose,they received bangles as gift. During wedding season, they were especially invited to come and adorn the wrists of bride to be with special very thin and delicate golden bangles.Now it sounds like a story.
THURSDAY, 12 MARCH 2015
This painting depicts early afternoon when most of the village women finish their daily chores and sit down together to exchange some gossip. In villages everyone knows everyone, people are referred to as uncles and aunts,interference in each other’s matters is not considered violation of privacy but as help.Women help each other,the elders pass on their wisdom while the young women learn . Children grow up playing with goats, pups, dogs and chasing chicken. Climbing trees and racing are some of the most entertaining games. Rag dolls and wooden toys are home made, no matter how hot the days, children wait for their mothers to fall asleep while trying to make the child take a nap and then sneak outdoors to play all afternoon.
This painting depicts ,lazy,hot,Indian summer. Though it was painted in an era when coolers and air conditioners were rare,even today in villages and small towns people who work outdoors rest under the shades of trees. Farmers would eat their lunch brought from home by their wives under trees and stretch their legs for a while before restarting their difficult task of growing food with or without the help of modern farming tools and machines.