A search for a new artistic idiom took him to the innards of the socio-cultural and political life of our country, which he soon found to be fragmented and segmented beyond comprehension. The apparent reality that looks logical enough to be lived and enjoyed, as far as Mahesh Kummar is concerned, is kaleidoscopic, prone to shift shape and focus at even a touch of a simple social tremor. The artist finds, in his works as well as in his inner world of philosophical understanding, that the lives that people believe to be living are a colourful illusion and they do nothing but negotiate the dreamlike scenarios. Dreamlike scenario does not just mean that life is alluring and enthralling. On the contrary, the overt attractions could just be traps, splintered and distorted. Mahesh Kummar paints this reality, which is not apparent to ordinary eyes. This perspective clarity and the ability to look beyond the immediate, help the artist to create a world of jugglers and vaudevillian entertainment. He uses a varied spectrum of colour and motley presentation of characters so that the intended reality could be conveyed with effect.