Prantik Chattopadhyay studied painting at the
Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda (BFA, 2004; MFA,
2006). He received the Nasreen Mohammedi Award
(2002) and has had three Solo Shows in Mumbai.
His works have been selected to be a part of several
Group Shows in Kolkata, Mumbai, Baroda, Kochi,
New Delhi and Ahmedabad, as well as in Taiwan
and China. He has been invited to Residency
Programmes in Chennai, Bangalore, Kanakamajalu
village (Karnataka), Partapur (Rajasthan), and Pune.
He also conducts Workshops in Origami, traditional
Stick Puppet-making, Wall-painting for school
students and adults. He has attended workshops in
Dokra-casting techniques, glass-work, toy-making,
book-making, and traditional Rajasthani miniature
painting. His work was also part of the ‘Games
People Play’ art project of Artcore, UK, 2011-12.
My story is based on one of the Buddhist Jataka
stories. Through my story I have adopted the moral
phrase of “Check the water before you taste it”,
to make a comment or a pun on the consumerist
culture where soft drink brands promise to satisfy
our thirst in all means possible, while hiding its dark
side inside that sweet, bubbly, chilled water.