The Fuschia Tree
Editor's Note.
Conversations with the eccentric and the absurd about their dreams, desires and destinies...

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning." And with T.S.Eliot in our heads we wander into a wasteland where the lost and the forgotten are reinvented, so that nostalgia gives way to love, in the future perfect.
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By the duo of style, satire and sanguine spirits, Thukral & Tagra.
Here is a unique insight into the dynamic duo, Thukral & Tagra, amongst the youngest and most radical contemporary artists in India. Traveling souls as they are, we emailed and text messaged with them. Perhaps it was the cusp of some great sign or perhaps they had seen a Punjabi man on a UFO, but their mischief with ideas and colorful way of life emanated through the electro-waves.

TFT: How did the two of you meet? What were you wearing?
T&T: We met at the Chandigarh College of Arts, 1997. It was during an interaction where Jiten pretended to be a fresher and Sumir was applying for a course. Jiten was wearing a fictitious laugh, and Sumir was in an intimidating bob!

TFT: What were the first days as a collective like? How often did you meet, what did you talk about? Did you have a studio? What was the very first work you created together?
T&T: The first project was 'visual dialogue', where one starts a work and passes it on the second player.
So literally one sends the files to the second team mate, and makes a chain onwards to the third and fourth. There were two more friends involved in it. But the first work was BOSEDK, which was then made to be 25 hand crafted T-shirts as a performance piece. We didn't have a studio, it was just a house where Jiten lived. That’s where we used to work, never thought it would be someday called “a studio".

Also in this issue

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.