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Taps, Free & Imprisoned:
The Five Rivers of Punjab,
An Art Installation





New Delhi, India

The Visual Art Gallery of the India Habitat Centre has chosen one of the installations of the recently held Mela Phulkari and decided to permanently exhibit it in the open courtyard of the Centre.

The art installation is accompanied by a write up on its creator, Harinder Singh (co-founder, along with his wife, Kirandeep Kaur, of the “1469” stores) and a description of the art-work -- "Taps: The Five Rivers of Punjab.“

"Harinder Singh is an innovator at heart even though he is known to be an entrepreneur and a designer. Inspired by the smallest to the largest nuances of life, his works speak of the humor he sees in life, his rooted philosophies of existence and his sense of association with nature and the environment. Harinder’s belief system revolves around his passion for Punjab.”

The installations in two sections were part of the exhibition, “Mela Phulkari, Edition 2: Convergence.”  Size -- Labyrinth: 41” X 30” X 33".

One is constructed with brass taps, intertwined into a geometric structure, with the taps placed consecutively on the top. Each tap, corresponding with one of the Five Rivers, is related to an aspect of Punjab - Prosperity in Harvest,  Hygiene in Habit, Raags in Thought, Peace of Mind, and Celebration of life.

The second is identical in its form but with chains hung around the taps, upturned and with locks positioned over them. These taps signify the five challenges in Punjab -  Unemployment,  Suicide Amongst Farmers, Female Foeticide, Addictions of Alcohol and Drugs, and Soil Degradation.

April 14, 2015

Conversation about this article

1: Tony Singh (Canada), April 14, 2015, 10:12 PM.

Punjab has its challenges like every other society. However, there is a lot of progress that has taken place there also. I have been to Punjab recently and I can say for certain that it is thriving and people there are generally happy and have a positive and optimistic outlook (chardi kala?).

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