Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India
Client: Matighar, Indira Gandhi National Centre For The Arts
Project Duration: 1990 - 1991
The IGNCA, through the good offices of Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, eminent scholar and historian, organised a series of events which featured major exhibitions along with associated seminars and symposiums, and cultural activities based on fundamental themes such as Khaam-on Space, Aakar-on Form, Kaal-on Time, and Prakriti-on the five elements of nature, the latter two designed by us. Invitees included leading scholars, scientists, historians, and artists who made presentations on the theme.
Kaal was an exhibition we designed after extensive research of eight primary civilisations in the world. We looked at how they responded to the notion of time. We juxtaposed this with tribal communities and their relationship to the passage of days, as well as to modern science, and the concept of time in art, sculpture and poetry.
These were the early days of multimedia technology and we used it to great effect. IGNCA went so far as to build a new space called Matighar to host the exhibition, which is still in use.