By the beginning of March 2020, it was evident that the pandemic(Covid-19) was about to walk into the country, the shades of black ink casted on to the vibrant color palates all over the world. Never imagined the surrealistic views of deserted cities and towns would come real, the whole country was like a canvas to be painted. Every individual started homing to their own stories and pains. It took sometime for people to see and understand what’s happening with this new phenomenon.
It was really challenging for artists to stay indoors and away from their routine work, galleries got shut, many companies employed artists laid off staff, no outing for paintings, plans have failed, movement have stopped, no sales and no exhibits and no work led to chaos, which was not visible for government. Artist community was totally left out from the government packages to rescue them. Artists were shy in asking to their respective state governments, and central establishments. The governments also tried to maintain social distancing with this intellectual poor shy class. On the other side of the globe, The European governments were so considerable on artists and galleries to award millions of dollars to support, whereas in India they were left to no immunity.
None of the eminent artists raised voice on behalf of the community with government, kept themselves safe in homes. Nine months have passed by now, none of them asked, Few artists ran campaigns to support poor artists on social media platforms to contribute for raising funds to support fellow artists.
Situation about other forms of arts were not different, performing artists, folk and traditional artists, photographers, potters and ceramists, they were all neglected, The artisans from small villages and towns were shattered.
In Urban areas, artists who had ability and access, switched to digital platforms and started working on virtual exhibits, conducting workshops, online classes upsurge as never before, demand for arts rouse to new heights, desire for learning got increased many folds, but on contrary, the sales on artworks steeply went down to the lowest. Galleries shut their operations.
During the first few months of lockdown, numerable contests were announced for children and adults to participate in art contests, especially targeting the theme on covid-19 pandemic, one such good example was from International watercolor society in India, which was a Semi-international event allowing Indians from allover the world to participate, it was a huge success and people enjoyed participating from all over the country.
Many of the sectors, have started working and coming back to normalcy, but the situation for artists has got no better yet, Hoping for a better future and understanding by Governments.
I also request, people from the country to buy local art, which will feed the artists and artisans. Requests architects, interior designers, art collectors not to feed on importing art products and materials from dragonland and other countries , except for SAARC nations.
Article written by Rajkumar.gade (Artist) (The painting depicts the The national bird Peacock taking over the battle with Dragon which is carrying the Corona Virus)