|India – July
- August 2008 - Press coverage and Events
Coverage - Following article based
on an interview appeared in The Indian Express, August
There were a number of
open discussions on some 25 paintings with social activists,
college students, intellectuals in Pune and Mumbai. Some
of these are as follows.
Please click on the thumbnail for the larger view of the posters made
by the organisation.
Kala Manch is an organisation
of youth street
singers, actors and bards. They enact political plays, sing their
own songs to raise social awareness against economic, social and
political repression. Most of them come from the lowest rung of
the Indian society – people doubly disadvantaged by class and
caste discrimination. They are a sort of touring theatre
performing in the nook and corner of the state of Maharashtra.
The programme was presided over by Bhai Vaidya, a prominent
socialist and ex-mayor of Pune.
||Sinhagad College of Architecture
A questionnaire was circulated for the students who attended
here for their feedback
Manav is an organisation working mainly in the rural
areas of the state of Maharashtra engaged in promotion of
education, secularism, health and environmental issues. The programme consisted
of an interview of Purandare by Vinod Shirsath. Shirsath is the Deputy Editor
of Sadhana, a well-regarded Gandhian weekly magazine devoted to social and political
issues. Rajan Khan, a renowned marathi writer organised the programme. Rajan
Khan has been writing mainly on rural Maharashtra muslim issues for over 25 years.
Uwach This is a Pune based study circle which
Cultural Movement is a nodal grass-roots organisation involved in many
political activities, assertion of counter-culture
and working towards end of casteism. It has a large
following from the neo-buddhists, earlier outcastes
and deprived sections of the society. Sambhaji
a renowned fire-brand bard facilitated the dialogue
with Purandare. Sudhir Dhavale - editor of bi-monthly
Vidrohi and Shyam Sonar organised the event.
Single-handedly you are taking the social awareness movement
forward. Global issues and content make your paintings
very remarkable. Congratulations and best wishes.
- Kamalakar Deshpande, Pune
These two hours were magical. The programme raises social
questions in my mind. The paintings are very disturbing.
I am going away with a lot to think about, very agitated.
- Jayant Bendre
Your painting pose questions, they do not provide answers.
When there are answers, people do not think. Questions
prod one to think.
- R Sonawane
Our society has so many inequities. Paintings are a good
medium to give voice to the exploited. Your paintings not
only present misery but they advocate against it. They
show what is lacking, then the impetus for change can come
on its own. In this sense this is a very valuable mission.
Hearty congratulations on behalf of all the weak, the suffering
for your attempt at social change. Thank you.
- Jeeta, National Centre for Advocacy Studies
I have been thinking about your paintings. I do not have
the skill to use the medium of lines and colours so sensitively.
So I can not express myself in
your language. Still, I feel these are my paintings.
- Sambhaji Bhagat
There are hardly any writers or artists who express their
views on social inequity through their medium. But for
rare persons like you, everything is capital-oriented.
I feel writers and artists should provide answers to social
ills, and end of exploitation. This is the need of the
Providing answers is not a negative exercise. It is very
much a positive attitude. If you become a social surgeon,
a social doctor, then you will give a new direction to
social movements. A poet through his poems, a singer through
his singing narrates social agony and tells of solutions
as well. I sincerely request you to consider this suggestion.
- Raju Ranjana Kadam, Republican Panthers, Mumbai
This depiction of social pathology hits very hard. One
feels the agony of the dispossessed acutely. To end this
exploitative system we the activists look upon you to provide
direction. I am aware of your stated aversion to give solutions,
still, we expect this of you.
- Anand Birhade
Sir, your fight is admirable.
- Anil Jaybhaye, Department of Sociology, University of
Everybody protests in his or her own way. But your way
of protest is unique and appealing to everybody. What can
not be expressed in words, you show it through paintings.
- Sachin Adke
This is a totally novel
and heart-rending experiment. Thanks a million.
I am very glad that I attended your programme. You have
selected a very powerful medium to raise social awareness.
I wish you all the success in your venture.
- Rohan Shirsath
find your painting – ‘frames gone astray’ relevant
in the environmental sense. Because in the biggest frame
in the picture 4 or 5 people are killing a cow but the
younger generation has turned its back to it.
- Vijay Shirsath
By grace of god, I got this opportunity to witness your
attempt in raising social awareness through paintings.
It is very true that man learns more through seeing than
hearing. 80% of knowledge comes through seeing. Your paintings
are very effective for social enlightenment. They make
a deep impact on viewer’s mind.
This is an uphill task you have undertaken. It is difficult
but not impossible, going by this programme. I am sure
you will reach your goal very soon, so too, will we, as
per our abilities.
My heartiest best wishes,
- Jagdishchandra G Darane, school-teacher, Bitargaon Budruk,
Tal Umerkhed, Dist Amaravati
Each painting speaks volumes. Each one has a Bhim. [This
is a reference to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, the tallest leader
of the lowest rung of the Indian society from independence
days]. You have depicted the problems of the society. I
really liked the programme. Thank you.
- Ravi Pednekar, Yuva Mumbai
For the first time I realised how paintings can convey
messages. It would be great if you could show these paintings
in rural areas. It will help raise social awareness.
- Ganesh Sarpate, Beed
fail me to express my admiration for you. Your paintings
are an acerbic commentary on social issues, imperialism,
religious exploitation. You inspire youth like me…
- Vipul K Mumbarkar
Very poignant depiction of social inequity and exploitation
on a global level through the medium of painting.
- Girish V Raut
Your art has global dimension. That is very important.
Each painting analyses reality. But they do not go to the
root of a problem. The powers who create problems stay
in the background. And then, as an artist you fail to provide
direction for change too. This makes me restless.
- Sachin Mali, Kabeer Kala Manch, Pune
Your paintings depict reality in human society. I could
see the developed countries and their destructive policies.
You have national outlook and social perspective. It is
very important to raise social awareness. I have seen many
exhibitions, met a number of artists but your style of
presenting the social psyche and current affairs is unique
and very important. You are a free thinker, that is something
to be emulated. Your thoughts will strike a chord all over
the world. My best wishes.
- Ganesh Mane [art teacher], Pune
The format of the programme was informal chat. It facilitated
the dialogue. I hope the reach of your work increases for
more two way communication.
- Dipali Raut
The social involvement that comes across through your
work is commendable. Young generation should proceed along
these lines. I congratulate for the ideas expressed through
- Kishor Korhalkar
Ideas, presentation of and points that emerge from the
paintings are superb. It is up to the viewer to ponder
over these and use these as guidelines. Then he will certainly
be happy in his life. I pray to god that you are blessed
with a long life and good health to take this art project
- D D Korhalkar