Heeral Trivedi studied Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts,
Baroda (BFA: 1997; MFA: 1997). She received the Gujarat
Lalit Kala Akademi Award for Painting (1996). She has had
5 Solo Shows in Mumbai, New Delhi, and New York. She has
also participated in Group Shows in New York, San Francisco,
Tokyo, Bali, Chelsea (UK), Singapore, London, and Hong Kong.
He has participated in numerous Artists’ Camps in different
parts of India. She is Member, Global Advisory Committee
for the Imagining Ourselves (IO) Project established in 2006
at the International Museum of Women, San Francisco, US (www.imow.org).
“Bhagirathi” is based on a folk tale from Karnataka, a
southern state in India. It tells the story of a young woman
by the name of Bhagirathi who sacrifices her own life so that
the village can get water. The village’s source of water is its
lake which has run dry creating water scarcity among the
villages nearby. There was a belief that if a married woman
would offer prayers in the middle of the dry lake, its natural
springs will get rejuvenated and fill the lake with water. But
this process would endanger the life of the praying woman
causing her to drown. Many parents refuse to sacrifice their
daughters and daughters-in-law but Bhagirathi takes the
decision to save her village and sacrifices her life to provide
water and end the suffering of her people.