Basuki Dasgupta Talks About How His Newest Sequence Of Artwork Is Impressed By Seemingly ‘everyday’ Girls

Cooking, washing, cleansing, mothering, managing, adjusting — the ‘average’ Indian lady juggles all this and extra in the midst of a single day. “And yet, when you ask some ladies what they do, they reply with a degree of embarrassment, ‘I am a housewife’ as if their work is negligible,” says artist Basuki Dasgupta. “They make a huge difference, they are the main pillars of a home and society.”

“It troubles me that society never adequately recognises or respects the contribution of these women,” says Bauski, whose ongoing digital exhibition pays homage to the each day efforts of girls from all walks of life.

“Though things are slowly changing, women are yet to get their due. I have seen women engaging in manual labour under harsh conditions, and quite often, there will be no men working in a similar capacity on that site,” he says.

Titled ‘Everyday Goddesses,’ the artist says the sequence was largely impressed by his mom. “Even as a child I would see my mother as well as the other women in our colony bear the entire load of the family, sacrificing everything to keep things running,” says Basuki who hails from Bishnupur in West Bengal, however has made Tumkur, Karnataka his house since 1996.

“Apart from all this, the women in our area were very industrious — recycling and upcycling way before it became fashionable to do so. Not only were they handy with a needle and thread, they could transform scraps of fabric with kantha work.”

While he imbibed the artwork of turning the unusual into one thing stunning from his mom, Basuki says the terracotta temples of his hometown in addition to the musical pursuits of his brother, who’s now a professional classical singer, influenced his sense of aesthetics.

Even earlier than he turned a longtime artist, Basuki says his mom would assist him in issues of approach and concepts, particularly when uncooked materials and stationery have been scarce. He recollects an incident when he was a highschool pupil attempting his hand at making a figurine of Goddess Saraswati. “I had decided to use ordinary paint on the idol. However, the clay was so porous, the paint just kept seeping in. It was my mother who suggested I switch on a table fan, dampen the clay and then paint the idol after its surface dried.”

Big, stunning bindis and full, brightly colored lips are recurring motifs in ‘Everyday Goddesses’ that contains works of artwork on blended media and took the artist round two years to finish, although he does admit the universality of his muse negates a timeline for the sequence.

Basuki Dasgupta’s digital solo exhibition, Everyday Goddesses, is introduced by and can be stay on their web site till August 15. A specifically commissioned quick movie by Manush John concerning the artist can be on the web site. (Adding this line as they’ve permitted us to embed the video trailer in our story)


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