चातक | CHAATAK | Cuckoo
Chaatak (Pied Crested Cuckoo) is a migratory bird who has a significant symbolic relevance in Hindu mythology. The bird is known for its unique desire to quench its thirst only through rain water. It is believed that Chaatak refuses to satisfy himself by any other water except rain, even if he is dying with a parched throat. The bird waits for long hours and makes desperate calls till rain comes to shower the ultimate joy of his life and to secure his existence.
I feel that the process is similar when the art is created. A wish for creation transforms an artist into Chaatak who thrives for inspiration for its thirst to express or create. He fails to settle for anything other than his vision and refers to the inner calling and then waits for it to be revealed. Like the Chaatak the artist also experiences the feelings of restlessness, pain, joy and fulfilment. the fulfilment of one desire lead to a new desire.
This idea inspired me to have a mirrored perspective of my own creative process. The process was challenging as it demanded a fine balance between objectivity and indulgence.
As the title suggests, the collection will touch the core feelings of human nature and intense experiences to present it in a different perspective.