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Riding Out

By Subhankar Chakraborty

Original Artwork

  • 60 X 84 In | 152 X 213 Cm
  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • Conceptual
  • Created in 2015
  • Sold by Artist, Shipped Rolled unless rolling not possible
  • Lot No 134477

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In my work I’ve dealt with Husain’s work “The Babu About to Ride Out” from Calcutta series, done with acrylic on paper in 1990. The dhoti clad babu about to ride out with a deli...
In my work I’ve dealt with Husain’s work “The Babu About to Ride Out” from Calcutta series, done with acrylic on paper in 1990. The dhoti clad babu about to ride out with a delicately held flower in his hand bears reference of a elite and urban society and their desire driven, whimsical lifestyle and their daily adventure towards their mistresses accompanied with alcohol and other caprices. The essence of these characters is existent in the work and the witty play in the title through the words ‘riding out’. However my experience with babu culture is completely non-physical based on either through kalighat pata paintings or through history books and articles or through Bankimchandra Chatterjee’s satirical remarks in his writing about the babu’s. Therefore, the subject fails to pervade my sense of Kolkata. However, the city still presents us with dhoti clad young men riding cycles. Migrated from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the dudhwallahs ‘ride out’ every morning to distribute milk in the homes of Kolkata carrying drums of milk on their cycles. Thus, in my work, I’ve re-contextualised the leisurely ride out of the babu’s with the migrating journey of the milkmen who carry their livelihood through these cycle rides all over the city. On the other hand, cycle rides were about to be banned by the state government on the roads of Kolkata in 2013. The crisis on these milkmen’s livelihood prompted them to protest against this traffic rule. In my work, I’ve tried to embrace the spirit of the migrating common men standing up for their rights. The figures bear resemblance to Husain’s style of painting the babu figure. I’ve used the same posture in every figure to create a sense of a cluster. The withdrawing Kolkata skyline gives me a sense of the locale. While creating the surface through in my own language I’ve tried to portray my sense of Kolkata based on Husain’s interpretations.

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