Arunanshu Chowdhury studied Painting at the Faculty of
Fine Arts, Baroda (BVA: 1993; MVA: 1995). He was awarded
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada
(1995) and later was also honoured with the Ravi Jain
Foundation Award, New Delhi. He has had 11 Solo Shows so
far in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Baroda, as well as
in Dubai and Switzerland. He has been invited to several Art
Residency Programmes as well as Art Camps held in different
parts of India as well as in Lichtenstein, Venice, Kassel,
Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Turkey. His works are in
the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New
Delhi, and several private collections in Indian and abroad.
This work is a social comment on the current water politics
of India. There is scarcity of water in many parts of the
country and in spite of many reservoirs, dams, tanks, etc.
over the many rivers throughout India there is no proper and
equitable water distribution. Often the states disagree on
water distribution policies forgetting that the rivers belong
to all the people of India. In fact in urban areas water is not
available in some parts of the same city while it could be in
excess in other parts. Water is a sacred commodity for many
in our country, and it is not strange to find locks put on taps
or to see performances of religious rituals to please the Rain
God for a bountiful monsoon.