Lenin had come with his bamboo installations from Wayanad where he works with Uravu (http://www.uravu.net/), an NGO dedicated to the promotion of naturally resourced art. He could not converse fluently in English but Surendranath C who runs Uravu and has mentored Lenin, translated and often filled in the gaps.
So we were told, “I am self-taught and not a trained artist. I started working withbamboo over 13 years and my works delves into memories of my childhood in a small village where I saw abundant rain, greenery everywhere, the beginning and the end of cycles and it has all come forth in my work.”
Surendranath adds, “He is a shy, reclusive person…not really well-versed with the ways of the art world. He is a lonely person like most artists from rural places are…but he is not desperate for recognition and he is not looking for loud applause. For him, his work is enough to keep him happy.”
His creations with polished, twisted burnished bamboo shaped into a myriad manifestations of life are interesting and evocative but who are they targetted at considering art too is being packaged today for specific clientele?
Lenin’s work indeed has the unstudied innocence of a village pond or a field run over with wild flowers and when he poses with his works, it is with the diffidence of a child. Surendranath smiled, “He carries a world of fecund memories within. These works represent only a few.” The show was on till November 1, 2014 at No.1 Shanthiroad Studio Gallery, Bangalore.