Recycled Thought

Bollywood art director Sukant Panigrahy is exhibiting art installations that draw attention to the ecosystem.

Published: November 28, 2013 4:54 am

Violet Vaz

While most of us get squeamish when surrounded by insects,renowned production designer and Bollywood art director Sukant Panigrahy sees inspiration in them. He will be showcasing his recycled installations inspired by insects which he calls “Sukant Ke Keede” from November 28 to December 15 at Phoenix Marketcity.

“Insects play an important role in the ecosystem and we humans often tend to overlook this,” says the award-winning art director who has worked on acclaimed movies such as Chak De India,Gangajal,Chillar Party and Dev D. He has also directed a few TV commercials,and is the co-founder of a group called M.A.F.I.A that organises art-based events serving as an interactive platform for independent and upcoming artists,musicians and photographer.

Panigrahy says our over-consumption and insatiable consumerism have only damaged the environment for us but also for the other creatures we share it with.

Looking back at his childhood,Panigrahy remembers playing with toys made of cow dung or mud. “Now,I look at all the plastic toys I have bought for my son over the years and it struck that at times we tend to unknowingly contribute to damaging the environment,” says Panigrahy,whose art installations are made from old toys,waste electronic materials and plastics.

For his projects,he appeals to his friends and followers on Facebook to donate any old electronic or old plastic bottles. He sees this as a way of engaging people and educating them into making a difference to the environment.

“Through my art I want to portray the damage caused by human-beings to the environment and specially to insects,” he says,adding that insects are the most common species on the planet found in every conceivable habitat. “Art should not only be aimed for personal satisfaction but should also help in creating awareness,” says the artist,who is hopeful that his art installations will connect with the people and help them understand nature and respect it.

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