Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article

Home > News > PTI

150 portraits of India's martyrs drawn in blood

January 03, 2006 21:23 IST

A pair of artists in Mathura have drawn the story of India's martyrs in their own blood.

They hope to take the 150-portrait 'Shaheed' exhibition across the country "since it is the only way of creating awareness about the sacrifice of the martyrs. Those born in the post-Independence era cannot feel the struggle of freedom fighters," Ravi Chandra Gupta, a retired vice-principal said.

He came up with the idea of painting India's story in blood in 1992 and, along with artist Guru Darshan Singh Vinkal, the two have made portraits of freedom fighters from Netaji Subash Chandra Bose to the soldiers who fought the Kargil war in 1999.

Gupta said he went to Vinkal for a portrait of Netaji and "hardly had he begun work when I gave him some of my own blood taken from a diagnostic centre and requested him to make the portrait".

The problem of blood clotting was overcome as a doctor at the centre added a powder to it, said the 66-year-old Gupta.

Gradually, the paintings increased and vignettes from the freedom struggle, Kargil war and other events were sketched.

He said Vinkal added 50 portraits from his own blood to the collection. "It is a rare work. Theatrocities of past rulers have been exposed through portraits prepared in blood and it is praiseworthy. It is a symbol of committed patriotism," Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Ritambhara said inaugurating one such exhibition at Vatsalya Gram Vrindaban Monday.

The VHP leader told him that she will assist in "setting up an international museum in Vatsalya Gram with my works and would later be extended to other exibits".

© Copyright 2005 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
Share your comments


Copyright 2006 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.