Picture this. Aussies hitting Indian bowlers to a pulp during slog overs, your adrenaline pumping madly. What do you do?
Well, if it is the JSCA international stadium in Dhurwa, you take a break from the high-octane cricket action and go to see peaceful frames of peasant women.
Jharkhand State Cricket Association, in a rather unique warm-up to the India-Australia ODI on October 23, inaugurated an art exhibition by Bokaro artist Indu Mishra on Monday. The exhibition will end on October 23, yes, coinciding with D-Day.
Art goes beyond borders and sixes beyond boundaries. But, when canvas plays cricket, an art exhibition can well be called Beyond Boundaries.
According to JSCA chief Amitabh Choudhary who inaugurated the display, this was perhaps for the first time that art met cricket at a stadium during an ODI.
“Any form of art releases positive vibes. We have a larger plan of setting up a hall of fame at the north pavilion of the international stadium. But to begin with we thought of setting up this exhibition for this match. So, the audience, besides watching the game on that day can also browse through some exceptional work,” Choudhary said.
Mishra said this was her second solo. “I chose the title to transcend traditional boundaries of art exhibitions to connect with cricket buffs,” she said.
On her work, the artist said: “I have focussed on woman as the main theme in myriad hues and medium. Women are central to life, they transcend boundaries and cultures.”
On the 40-odd canvases, she said she experimented with various mediums. “There’s oil, knife painting, Madhubani and folk influences,” Mishra, born in Patna and settled in Bokaro, said.
On getting some of the best-known sporting icons as her audience at the stadium, she grinned. “I’m really excited. But my two sons and husband are even more thrilled,” she said.
But the lady with the brush adds “cricket is the real star”. “Team India winning here will make my day,” she added, fingers crossed.