Glory to Maharashtra
acrylic on canvas , 500mmX400mm
Though this was done in 2004, against the backdrop described below, the situation, all over India for farmers has gone worse since then.
Before this painting,
there was a severe draught in part of India for the last 4 years.No rains.[Maharashtra is the name of one such region.]
Water management has been disastrous and many small farmers totally dependent only on rains for farming sought huge loans from banks.[Huge amounts for them, a few hundred dollars, really].As there was no chance of their repaying the loans, many committed suicides over the last few months.Ironically, the central Indian minister for Agriculture is from the the same region.[He continues to be the same person till date.]
The main picture tries to depict this.
The horn is a cultural symbol. People from that region, in the historic times would blow the horn to declare victory.Or mark festivals.
The lettering under the main picture is in my language.It reads -
'190 farmers commit suicides' - dated 1st Aug 2004. Taken from a newspaper headline.
The insignia on the right is three lions - official seal of the Indian government. The lettering under the insignia reads - Minister for Agriculture, Government of India.
The title is from a historic ballad celebrating Maharashtra.
C K Purandare