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Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing III

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The performance saw the artist enacting the character of Yog Raj Chitrakar, through an elaborate ritual of donning a costume and make-up at the Khoj studios. The artist walked from Khoj through the busy lanes of the Khirki village, past a medieval mosque and an abandoned dam to a gigantic mall across the road in Saket. The artist had with him a suitcase, a roll of paper, drawing material, costume changes, additional make-up and other odd props.

The artist as Yog Raj Chitrakar proceeded to make a drawing of the view from on top of the Dam; a view that lays bare the sharp contrasts between the crumbling Mughal architecture in the Khirki Village, the lanes of an urban village inhabited by largely migrant communities and the glitzy commercial Malls in Saket, just across the road.

The performance ended at sunset with the artist returning to the Khoj studios after a walk through the mall.

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