Artist Shelly Jyoti's solo show draws inspiration from Gandhi's Salt March, and the centuries-old Ajrakh printing tradition
Artist Shelly Jyoti has been exploring some significant moments in India’s freedom struggle in her work for at least six years. Her Indigo series was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s movement in the 1910s to help farmers who were being forced to grow indigo instead of food crops. In 2013, she followed up that exhibition with her first take on Gandhi’s Dandi March, in Salt: The Great March. Her second iteration on that historic march to challenge the colonial law which taxed Indians for salt production, opens at the India International Centre in New Delhi today, and continues her explorations into the present-day relevance of Gandhi’s philosophies of “swadharma and sarvodaya". The hope, she explains in an email interview, is that these principles can still help build an alternative world view; one where girls don’t have to live in fear of rape, for example. Edited excerpts:
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