Story of sacrifice to save trees to be told in France – Save environment
An Art exhibition is to be held in France showcasing the works of Udaipur artist Chiman Dangi. Chiman is known for his efforts towards saving environment. Chiman has displayed the story of sacrifice of hundreds of people to save the Khejdi tree of Rajasthan in an extremely unique way. 18th century witnessed this sacrifice in […]
An Art exhibition is to be held in France showcasing the works of Udaipur artist Chiman Dangi. Chiman is known for his efforts towards saving environment.
Chiman has displayed the story of sacrifice of hundreds of people to save the Khejdi tree of Rajasthan in an extremely unique way. 18th century witnessed this sacrifice in which people gave their lives to save the local tree known as Khejdi. His art of display of this sacrifice has received accolades. This year, art work done on Khejdi tree will be displayed through video and slides.
Chiman has also tried his hand in photography and documentaries apart from his profession of printmaking, installation and painting. His works mainly consist of messages to save environment. As of now, he is working to promote ‘Clean India’. The exhibition in France has already begun. Chiman will be leaving on the 3rd of this month to be a part of the exhibition.
363 people sacrificed their lives to save the Khejdi tree
In the 18th century, 363 people fought for and gave their lives to save the trees in Khejadli village near Jodhpur. Maharaja Abhay Singh ruled Marwar during this time. For the construction of a royal room in the fort, Maharaja ordered his minister to arrange for wood for which the minister sent his fleet to cut down the khejdi trees.
Amrita Bishnoi opposed this felling of trees saying she tied rakhi to the khejdi tree. She refused to let the fleet cut the tree and wrapped her arms around it. She also said that the tree could be cut only after she has been cut down to pieces. The fleet killed Amrita with the axe they had brought with them to cut the trees. Seeing this, her three daughters also sacrificed their lives in attempt to save the trees. This way the whole Bishnoi community hugged the trees to prevent them from being destroyed and gave their lives. Among these were 71 women, too.
Singapore President bought 3 paintings
Chiman Dangi is working on New Media Art. He is constantly creating some or the other unique art based on environment conservation. He has done a lot of work through his creative ideas to inspire people to save the environment. His works have been displayed in USA, NewZealand, Netherland, Mexico and many other places. He has received State of Honour award and Fellowship from Lalit Kala Academy. The Singapore President SR Nathan was so impressed by Chiman’s work that he bought 3 of his paintings.
Source : bhaskarnews