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26,000 awakenings of the self

26,000 awakenings of the self
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Light - a common metaphor for knowledge when turned inwards, lends us the benefit of self-awareness to do unto others as we would have done to ourselves. The most important relationship in this world is the one we have with ourselves. The more ‘lit-up’ we are within, the more light we will see and manifest without.

Heralding the festivities of Diwali, Charuvi Agrawal’s exhibit at the Select Citywalk is a unique celebration of light interpreted in a large-scale, interactive bell sculpture. The traditional diya turned
inward, emerges as a bell, transforming light to the sound of invocation.

Meet Charuvi Agarwal. Artiste, animation film maker and for now Indian-mythology-renaissance-bringer. Remember the mythological serials you grew up with? The Ramayana and The Mahabharata on national television which was loud, garish, integral part of our formative years but such an eye-sore. And more often than not almost all of us have wished that our epic heroes should have been better dressed, better looking and worthy of Superman-Batman size posters on our bedroom walls.

I am not talking faith here, am talking hero-worship. Our Rams and Lakshmans  were never cool enough. But Agarwal is all set to change that game, one step at a time. Comprising of 26,000 bells, the sculpture is inspired by Charuvi’s internationally acclaimed animation film on Hanuman, the icon of self-knowledge - a superhero whose power comes not from domination but from submission and service.
 
Ingeniously crafted figurines of characters from the film will be on display alongside a film on the making of this unprecedented work of animation art from India.

The exhibit also features intricately hand-painted narratives on the traditional kavad - a mobile, interactive shrine traditionally carried from village to village, and rendered in songs of faith.
On the occasion of Diwali, 26000 Bells of Light carries a conviction, that the key to harmony in this world is the awakening of self-awareness.

The installation is on from 13 September to 5 October at Select Citywalk at Saket. This is a visual spectacle you just cannot afford to miss!
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