The Bagalkot Series
Old Bagalkot was a small, hot and dusty town in the Bijapur district of North Karnataka. Our mother was born and brought up there with her brothers and sisters. Every year, we visited our maternal family in that beautiful, ancestral home with its parallel doorways, intricate layout, the courtyard with the well and the century old Badam (Almond) tree. There, we also became a part of that Old Bagalkot narrative. Jumping over whitewashed walls from terrace to terrace, dodging the almond fruits that the monkeys hidden in the Badam tree would throw at us, playing marbles with cousins on the stone floor... It is hard to put into words the grief we all felt when Old Bagalkot was submerged due to the filling of the reservoir of the newly constructed Almatti Dam. That ancient home with its generations of memories has now become a part of the Krishna river bed. These paintings express the slow disappearance of all that we held dear about Bagalkot.