A group of 12 artists creates an installation illustrating the life of the Buddha: his birth, his enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana—on the campus of Gautam Buddha University on the occasion of the MotoGP Bharat Grand Prix race.
Gautam Buddha University is coordinating delegate registration and ticket sales for the MotoGP Bharat Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place from September 22-24 at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The event aims to develop the sport of competitive motorcycle racing in India.
The university, located in Gautam Buddha Nagar district, was established on 207 hectares of land in 2002. Named after Siddhartha Gautama, who became Buddha, the institution promotes the importance of the Buddha's teachings by teaching the Buddhist philosophy and its relevance to engender peace, harmonious coexistence and holistic development.
The creators of the art installation, mostly undergraduate students from the university's Faculty of Fine Arts, expressed their joy at having the opportunity to exhibit their work to an international audience at the Grand MotoGP Bharat Awards. They created three large works measuring 3,6 meters by 2,7 meters and representing the three key phases of Buddha's life.
“The three major stages of Gautam Buddha's life include his birth and beginnings when he was known as Prince Siddhartha, the era of enlightenment, and from the attainment of Nirvana until his death” , said Anchal Bohra, secretary of the Handloom and Handicraft Export Association, which coordinates with artists and the MotoGP team. “The theme of Mara Vijay (the) Buddha will also be depicted in the exhibition, which is originally located in the Ajanta Caves (Aurangabad). »The time of India)
“These paintings were originally found on the walls of 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments, dating from the second century BCE to around 480 CE, in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra,” a said lead artist Tapash Jana. “We try to reproduce them. » (The time of India)
Jana explained that the installations would be made of thermocol (a form of polystyrene), cut into blocks then assembled, supported by wooden blocks and painted for realism.
According to Jana, the artists had only two weeks to prepare a project that usually took four months. As such, he said, they were racing against time while completing the task.
“The project is challenging, but we enjoy it,” said artist Alok, who added that it was a great opportunity and a source of inspiration for the group of artists. (The time of India)
The artists are supported in their work by a team of local creatives, including Deepshani, who had enrolled in the undergraduate fine arts course but did not have the financial means to complete her studies. Deepshani said the MotoGP project was the biggest canvas she could aspire to as she looked forward to the opportunity to showcase her art to an international audience.
According to Dhirendra Singh, Member of the Legislative Assembly, the motto of the recently concluded G20 summit in India was Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam "One Land, One Family, One Future", which echoed the life and teachings of the Buddha. As a result, he said, “visitors should become familiar with our art, culture and traditions.” (The time of India)