Yesterday, I went for an event named ‘Confluence 2016’ which was organized by The Air Force School. I participated in an art competition titled 2016’s Taj Mahal. It was held under the aegis of Pearl Academy, one of the leading design institutes in India.
Taj Mahal is undeniably one of the most majestic and awe-inspiring monuments the world has ever seen. Our task was to relive the joy of building one of the seven wonders of the world – Taj Mahal. We had to design the Mahal keeping the soul alive but in today’s time i.e in the 21st century. The 5 ( Ramit, Ayushi, Arnab, Tamanna and me) of us were provided with some material on the spot, in addition to the ones we carried to build our own monument of the same name. Before the beginning of the competition, the gathering was greeted by an architect and an interior designer who talked about the minute details of the Mahal and the essence of each part of it.
A symbol of love and commitment, the Taj Mahal was built by 2,000 artisans who were employed by Shah Jahan back in the 16th century. It was constructed in the loving memory of his wife – Mumtaz and it depicts the amount of respect he had for her, even years after her death. Shockingly today, the scenario is really different and frightening. Women today are often belittled, demeaned, tortured and harassed by their husbands, family members and colleagues.
We wish to seek inspiration from our past, we wish to imbibe the qualities of the Mughal emperor and above all, we wish to reinforce that feeling of love and respect for women. The face you see on the top is of Mumtaz. It’s a reminder to all that women must be placed at the top along with their male counterparts. It’s a reminder to all that they must be given equal opportunities, freedom and money. It’s a reminder to all to not only spread the message of love or compassion, but of women empowerment as well.
We made intricate designs and doodles from colours – blue, red and green on the buildings which resembled the ancient carvings on the white marble. Then we covered the buildings with some film rolls with pictures of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan to portray the memories they shared with each other and with the entire empire. A tunnel was created as a path of progression the visitors would follow. On reaching the top, they could view the world from the eyes of Mumtaz. Lastly we used miniature bricks to make the border and the gate.
We bagged 1st position for the output and our creativity. What I really enjoyed was the extent of appreciation we received for our thought-process by various on-lookers.
Happy to say that it was another successful attempt at merging art with social issues to create an impact. Yay. 🙂
Material used –
- Face – mask, eyelashes, eyeliner, tattoo, black permanent marker for bindi, crown and golden spray.
- Tunnel – chimney pipe and flowers.
- Buildings – wood, white acrylic paint, blue, green and red permanent marker ; and OHP sheet.
- Grass – green coloured sheet.
- Gate and boundary – small sized bricks.
- Stationary – scissors and fevibond.