March 20th, 2014
This painting is inspired by the ladies of Rajasthan, a place in India. Rajasthani women are known for their beauty and bravery. In India, there are many villages either with scarce water supply or without any source of water. Most women and girls in Rajasthan find themselves searching water for much of the year. They trudge bare foot in the hot sun for hours over wastelands, across thorny fields, or rough terrain in search of water, often life the colour of mud and brackish, but still welcome for the parched throats back home. On an average, a rural woman walks more than 14000 km a year just to fetch water. Their urban sisters are only slightly better off- they do not walk such distances, but stand in the long winding queues for hours on end to collect water from the roadside taps on the water lorries.
Amrit is the drink of gods ,the name of holy water. Thus water for them is nothing but drink of God - Amrit and that women is AMRITA who bear the responsibility of collecting, transporting, storing, and managing water. Thus the tile.
This painting is a tribute to these women who reach home carrying heavy pots, not to rest but to do other household chores of cooking, washing~ cleaning, caring of children and looking after livestock.