MOTIF OF SPIRAL,SKY & THE FALLEN IN TARUN DE'S ART
Desert cactus green 'Vasudhara' -
Gate of 2012 pandal of Behala Udayan Sangha.
Motif of tall green robust leaf-like structure rising upwards .
Spectators enters the 'Gabhagriha' through this structure.
Devi was depicted to be in motion in 2012 .
Her path is strewn with lotus .
Kartick and Saraswati on her left .
Twister-like spiral stretches from sky to ground level.
Devi positioned midway,her children below her level .
Mahishasura is at lower-most level of this twister/spiral.
Hint of Maslow's triangle ?
Tarun De's style is subtle - not loud at all.Both in Iconography as well as in his installations. Our 1st exposure to Tarun dey's work was through a journalist friend of mine who advised me in 2012 not to miss the Puja pandal of 'Behala Udayan Sangha'. So, we were there on the Panchami night and were just 'floored'. This year, we were not in need of a reminder. Again, we were there on the night of Panchami, before the crowd took over.
Challenge of Devi's Iconography .
Tarun De created completely different facial expression,
without alteration of setting of eyes, his signature mark .
The spirit of Tarun De's set-up works along a vertical alignment. Sky above. Earth below. The connection can be a spiral. Abuse of nature can be a part of his display. In 2012, the idols exuded a tremendous momentum, as if sliding down a twister-shaped spiral. In 2013, Devi is standing still. Same big eyes, yet, her 'dristi' so very different.
In 2012, Taun De allowed the visitors a view of Devi from the gate itself.Through slightly slant tall green-panted structure. In 2013, he constructed a hemi-spherical dome in-between . The exterior is brightly lit,with animals' motif in dark shadows. Inside, he positioned a spiral on a cylindrical body under a luminous figure-filled 'sky'. The photos here are eloquent - I do not have to write many words to explain every bit.
In 2013, Tarun De presents a slightly tapering shaft with a spiral 'path' winding up to reach the sky above, placed in a space with hemi-spherical top
equivalent to 'mandapa' of a Hindu temple .
( Nataraja , creepers and stars adorn the shaft. Inset - Walking up the spiral)
The point here is , when we take photos, the blog is not planned in my mind simultaneously. What attracts notice is captured in the camera. Later, bits and pieces are stitched together in my mind . As if a clutch of photos will give the viewer a taste of the whole. That never happens . Somewhere I read, when the scribbler whistles, he hears the music in totality. Likewise, when I copy+paste the photos, I visualise the pandals in totality. All that I can convey to the readers is my impression about the artist's work. And... my regret that we were not attentive enough while making our observation while clicking photos.
Pardon me for all I have missed. And, ... you ... please do not miss Tarun Dey's work in 2014, if you are in Calcutta next Durga puja.
In front, an abstract shape reminds us of power of 'trishul' and aspiration of a bird's wings. A hemi-spherical 'mandapam' with bright lights and interspersed shadows lies beyond.
A battle-scene on the hemi-sphere of the 'mandapam'.
Devi rests in a 'sthanaka' posture after Mahishasura is vanquished.
Her eyes and feet express the tension of the battle between her and the demon which has just ended.
Mahishasura out-of-balance .