The moment sand artist Hari Krishna began playing around with fine sand on a glass top,the inspiring story of a soldier unfolded slowly on the screen through images,morphing from one scene to another at lightning speed. This story in sand began with the dream to join the Army followed by his marriage,birth of his children and battling the enemy. In a tribute to Kargil martyrs on Friday evening in the Select City Walk lawns,Krishnas performance,titled Journey of a Soldier,grabbed the attention of those present with its sensitive story and interesting presentation.
Though Krishna,a 27-year-old artist from Hyderabad,did not take a bow after the performance,all eyes were glued on him while he worked with sand on the glass surface and made lines and forms during the 17- minute long performance. All of it seemed no less than a movie with energetic background music. Last year,the artist performed at the grand finale of Zee Tvs Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in Mumbai with singer Shankar Mahadevan,who sang a song that served as the background music for his sand work. The theme he worked with showed the victim of the Delhi gangrape playing the role of a sister,a daughter,a wife and a mother if she had been alive today. The video of this particular work has already garnered much attention and has been doing the rounds of social networking sites.
While talking about the inspiration for his work,Krishna says,I want to share my feelings by showing them through my art form, It has been six months since he took up sand art,though the sand he works with is not ordinary. Krishna uses imported sand,used for making glass,for its smoothness and the ease it offers to create vivid images in a span of few seconds.