The Fuschia Tree
Editor's Note.
Mythological Art and the Creation of Sacred Narratives

As a child, I was told stories such "lying down and eating will make your food go into the donkey's stomach" or "if you swallow a watermelon seed, a watermelon tree will grow inside you". There I was, sitting upright, imagining a miniature donkey drool in hunger.
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By Janice Pariat, Issue 8, Mythological Art, April 2012
Some worlds you fold away and carry in your pocket. Like an origami bird, a leaf from last year’s autumn, an unsigned postcard saying, ‘wish you were here’. Some worlds are slim and secret, lying in wait between the pages of a book, springing twists and turns and mighty surprises. Others unfold in your head, a glass marble holding an infinite sea-green universe.  Some worlds visit you in your childhood, coming and going like the wind, gracing you with their magic, filling your dreams with rainbow colours, sweeping you away in breathless swirls, and then just like that, they’re gone. You wake up to an empty field, the quietness of trampled grass, a wooden gate left ajar.

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  • I feel the subconscious is aware of, and holds, deeper truths to life and existence that are not always physical but exist nonetheless deep beneath our social obligations and reflections.
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  • Tejal instructs Arjuna to disrobe and stand against the pink wall on the far side of the room. Urvashi looks on from the distance as Tejal unfolds a three-legged stand and proceeds to mount an immortaliser onto it.
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  • The flow of the action emphasises abbreviated story elements and acting rather than a linear plot with beginning, middle, and end. A one-act Sanskrit drama which takes half an hour to read takes many
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Illusion: Seeing Beyond Seeing
Meaning: In Search of Significance.
Melody: A Different Tune
Rhythm: Ordering Time

Dhrupadi Ghosh is an old friend of mine. We have often had long sessions of adda late at night, discussing her dream projects since her college days at Santiniketan, where she majored in Sculpture.