‘Dharohar’, treasures, legacies or heritage of a region, land, landscape, community or culture is the imprint or impression of time and space. With innumerable social, cultural, political, economical, ecological, geomorphic changes etc. with time we confront the evolution of an identity which speaks and stands for itself.
The remains are reminiscent of the past that challenge our minds and perception to raise the unaddressed question of existence and non-existence, recognition and demolition, hierarchies and its unconditional impact on culture, social structures and traditions. These are clues left behind for us to knock doors which flip unknown pages of history and heritage. The surviving legacies of landscapes have developed through a secession of dynasties with the domination of power…negating all underlying existing local and inherent characters which creates the intense fabric left for us to speculate. These are the echoes which instigate enquiry and research about unrecorded histories, voices, people and elements that emerge through crevices and fine cracks engraved and buried within.
‘Dharohar’, a series of works as part of my ongoing research project, ‘Disappearing Dialogues’ in Bundelkhand and Baghelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, respond to these intense textures and lines which were left undrawn, unfinished or erased by successors to stamp their own possessions. We need to rethink what is seen, heard or told to us through generations and look through new glasses. Inviting the audience to peel the layers and discover alternative cultures, hidden treasures of knowledge, parallel enriched traditions. ‘ Dharohar’ longs for our revaluation, recognition and restoration before it fades into oblivion. From the layered multiplicity of known unknown emerges a glimpse of a rich landscape that are on the precipice of an undeniable crisis, whispering slowly, begging for attention. The question is will we just let them gradually disappear or make way for new dialogues to appear.