Mahesh Baliga

Mahesh Baliga

Bio
Mahesh Baliga studied Painting at CAVA, Mysore
(BFA with Gold Medal) and at the Faculty of Fine
Arts, Baroda (Post Diploma, with distinction). He
received the K K Hebbar Memorial Award (2005)
and Arnavaz Scholarship (2006-07). He has been a
part of Artists’ Camps and Workshops in New Delhi,
Kochi, Kodaikanal, Chennai and Vagad, Rajasthan. His
artworks have been selected for several exhibitions and
curated Group Shows in Mumbai, Bangalore, Baroda,
Kolkata, Kochi, and New Delhi in India, and in Israel
and Dubai as well. He also participated in the ‘Games
People Play’ exhibition of Artcore in the UK in 2011-12.

Statement
‘Dweepa’ is inspired by the novel of the same name
by Kannada writer Norbert D’Souza, and which was
later on made into an award-winning 2002 film too
by Girsh Kasaravalli. It deals with the raging issue of
building dams and the displacement of natives. Located
in the backwaters of a dam, Sita Parvata is an island
slowly submerging due to the rains. The government
succeeds in evacuating the residents by giving them
compensation for the properties they own. Though the
compensation can give most of them food and shelter, it
cannot compensate for the belonging they felt for their
land.