Late November last year, Dharmendra Prasad spent a whole day in a field in Buxar, Bihar collecting leaves and crushing them to create paint for an artwork that called for attention to nature. “It is about caring in the time of the pandemic,” says Prasad, who went on to paint the vast expanse of a farm on a large raw canvas.
Part of his new art project titled Carebiosphere, Prasad’s painting analyses the ascent of human beings as a small participant in ecological balance to that of its controller. The painting, completed in a day with the help of his fellow villagers, questions the notion of development while opening up possibilities of finding new partners from the natural environment.
The Nadaon village in Buxar district, about 100km from Patna, has been a theatre