Alok Bal

Alok Bal

Bio
Alok Bal studied Painting at the Faculty of Fine
Arts, Baroda (BFA: 1998; PG Diploma in Painting:
2001). He has had two Solo shows, ‘Football Fever’
(2006) and ‘Black Landscape’ (2007). His works
have been in several prestigious, often curated,
group shows in New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore,
Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Baroda. He has shown
in Hong Kong in 2009 and at Artcore, UK in 2011
(‘Games People Play’ exhibition). He has been
invited as a participant in several Artists’ Camps
Residencies all over India as well as in Spain,
Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Thailand, and Egypt. He
has also two Performance Art projects to his credit
(2010, 2012).

Statement
This is a story that I have developed from an
extremely well-known fable about the thirsty but
smart crow that I had heard over and over again in
my childhood. In that story the crow manages to
get drinking water for itself. The crow in my story is
more large-hearted and offers other thirsty animals
a drink of water too thus following the principle of
‘live and let live’. This is so unlike Man who does not
seem to understand this principle, is completely
selfish and so destroys the harmony of the earth.