April 27th, 2011

Bimba-The fArt Hut

Every evening I pass by this old really old house that's been converted into a bright orange thing called "Bimba-The Art Hut". Its got a strong pseud national integration flavour to it with an old ajji in a traditional indian sari(there is a srilankan kind of sari as well, which i found out only recently)and this muslim chap hanging around always! As someone who appreciates most art forms, I was curious to go find out what this place has to offer. Surprisingly, I didnt get around to doing that for a very long time. (Coming to think of it right now, thank god!!)

Disclaimer : I am not an art critic, but just prefer things simply served on a platter and not complicate it with the pretext of modern art. do believe art is a form of expression of thought and not just ego! (ego is a characteristic that can be displayed too. I wouldn't really want to get into whats right/ wrong about art right now since I'd be digressing from my center point of frustration!!!!) And no, I dont believe in celebrating life, no! no, no!

Last evening, finally, while the husband and I (putting the donkey behind, while i slave around doing most of the cooking and cleaning) were randomly putting beat in NR colony, husband wanted to check out this Bimba place since i'd been talking about it a lot. Very hand mady nice crude looking setup it was. We were welcomed by that same old ajji. But, the only hiccup was that we'd to take off our footwear to go inside this store. (We figured out its a store since we read some boards saying kurtas & curtains available while we were taking off our fairly expensive walking shoes).

A part of us could already smell the fraud'ness' of the place and kept worrying about our shoes outside the store(Thankgod there was a compound to this place). We were really not paying much attention to the lady who showed us around. But then, we eventually figured out that it wasn't worth it. However, the concept of this place reminded me of this fabulous home decor store called 'paradise cafe' in Srilanka. Unfortunately, here, there was this guy in Bimba trying to explain what the place is all about and he miserably failed in estimating the works on display.

He spoke about retaining the natural textures of all materials they work with(great!!)& celebrating life(wtf???). All I asked him was about who their artists are and he went on this trip of how everything is so commercialized here and that they dont really provide a platform for people to flaunt their hobby but try to create an opportunity for people to make their livelihood. But, he also contradicted himself by saying most of the work is done by some lady in the backyard. (I dont mean to be judgemental but this lady he spoke about seemed like his wife/daughter who went to an expensive art school & the high prices on their stuff was to recover all she's spent on her fancy course). He went jabber jabber jabber on how people talk about going green while they mass manufacture. But, real essence of going green is in making exclusive one of pieces like him.

I liked their work, their concept, their initiative to create value but what i hated most about it was how he had to talk more than he had to show. Its out of the bag now. Going green has become the latest not so subtle commercial scam!!!