The Fuschia Tree
Editor's Note.
From an early age, wandering children learn the act of carrying a journal. The diaries themselves tell a story, bruised and creased at the journey’s end; the scent of new visions and reformed ideas soaking their pages.

Travel: A distance crossed, a state altered through time.

At the heart of all ancient, ritualistic artistic, performance and storytelling traditions is this ‘Trans-identity’: all life is transient and constantly transforming until a feeling of transcendence is achieved.
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By Simone Dinshaw, Issue 10, Traveling Art, May 2012

Yog Raj Chitrakar walks the length of Mumbai, from North to South and back. He walks for two days, carrying charcoal and canvas, perforating the ever-shifting membrane between art and life with every step. Chitrakar, the picture maker, stops now and again to, well, make pictures. Familiar scenes of Chowpatty Beach and the Oval Maidan find alternative expression in his strokes and smudges; a new face of Mumbai is born on his black and white canvas. At night, he sleeps in the waiting rooms of train stations, the rattle of the rails running through his dreams.

Also in this issue

  • Blackout.
    Displacement, disruption, disorientation…Temporary Loss of Consciousness (2005), Monica Bhasin’s visual essay seeks a suitable aesthetic language, through the medium of film, to address both the immediate
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  • A Whistling Duck, a Jazz Trio and the Music of Moving.
    We had been in the wilderness for a week, walking through wet, deep palm laden forests of West Bengal, dancing shadows and skipping brooks- youth amid an antique forest.
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  • Transgressing The Icon.
    Imagine the big suitcase, or now in the age of globalized commodities, Louis Vuitton trunks, packed and placed on a road, as they portray travel in the glossies and the billboards, and voila!
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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.