| Visitors at Bariar’s painting exhibition at College of Arts and Crafts, Patna, on Monday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
The 2008 Kosi deluge moved journalist and amateur painter Birendra Nath Bariar to depict his experience of visiting the flood-ravaged area in art.
Bariar is showcasing 25 of his oil paintings, including three that were inspired by his Kosi visit — Life is a Journey, The Hope is Alive and The Morning Will Come, at an exhibition at College of Arts and Crafts, Patna.
The three-day exhibition, Zindagi ke rang kai re, opened on Sunday.
Bariar on Monday said: “The Hope is Alive depicts a village devastated by flood. The devastation is depicted through some toys and old utensils that are left behind at a village once the floodwater recedes. The painting shows that not everything is lost and life goes on.”
In one of his paintings, Two Magical Sticks, Bariar has also focused on the similarity between Charlie Chaplin and Mahatma Gandhi — their walking sticks.
Namrata Kumari, a first-year student of College of Arts and Crafts, Patna, said: “I loved the paintings on the Kosi flood. They were a poignant description of the devastation.”