Manjulika Pramod’s ebook Kaleidoscope of Cheer and Hope paperwork the lockdown in 50 illustrations
A set of multi-coloured birds sit amongst fig formed leaves on the branches of a inexperienced tree. However the birds are holding on to masks that learn ‘social distancing’. This Gond artwork illustration by Manjulika Pramod options in chapter considered one of her new ebook Kaleidoscope of Cheer and Hope (Srijan Digital Collections), a bit of non-fiction that revolves across the pandemic. “I made this on March 16, day considered one of lock down,” says Manjulika, a telecom engineer-turned journey blogger. “I picked up my artwork ebook to distract myself. I selected the indigenous Gond artwork of Madhya Pradesh to showcase my emotion across the new phrase ‘social distancing’ that has entered our lives.”
The 96-page ebook launched on Kindle presents 50 illustrations; a brief observe or a diary entry accompanies every. Certainly one of her drawings is impressed by Banksy’s work ‘Woman with Balloon’, the place she introduces a globe contained in the purple balloon to indicate the curtail on journey.
“Final 12 months alone, I had travelled to 16 nations. Then, abruptly, I used to be cooped up in a work-related short-term abode in Vijayawada together with my husband. I turned to artwork as a coping mechanism.As I had simply color pencils and pens with me, I made all my illustrations utilizing these.”
Since March, she has made greater than 100 drawings to maintain a report of life in the course of the unprecedented occasions. “I picked the perfect 50 for the ebook. After I posted on social media, it resonated with everybody, my household and pals, and it helped us keep optimistic.”
A few of her illustrations additionally trended on Twitter, just like the one which exhibits a health care provider sipping his espresso as his household watches him from a distance. Her pandemic curler coaster drawing that alerts folks to ‘don’t let your guard off’ throughout unlock was picked up by UNICEF, and has been featured on its youth web page.
She provides, “I wished to cheer up folks and that’s the reason I selected yellows, greens, reds, and oranges to make vibrant and vibrant illustrations. Everybody who has lived by the final six months will relate to the ebook.”
In one of many illustrations, Manjulika makes use of warli artwork to precise ‘janata curfew’. She creates a vibrant tribal village with warli collectible figurines singing, doing chores and dancing merrily outside on a traditional day, and selecting to remain indoors in the course of the curfew. A free fashion illustration of wholesome thaali has a platter of sanitisers and masks however there may be an empty spot that awaits the vaccine. A few of the drawings respect private banter, like a dialog together with her husband about Dalgona espresso. “The purpose is to benefit from the second and luxuriate in it.”
There are additionally drawings on the rice ATMs of Vietnam, jews praying with social distancing norms, and the Bhurj Khalifa of Dubai that lit up in the course of the pandemic with the phrases ‘keep dwelling’ in 11 languages. Says Manjulika,“Artwork helped me give a unique perspective to the pandemic. It gave me a ray of hope.”
The ebook is offered on Kindle and Google Playstore.
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