The true scenes behind those temples in Varanasi define the critical reality of our culture, a life which is free and ‘bindaas’. It’s a place where one can enjoy the fullest pleasure. Thereby, it has acquired a fame as a place for ‘living’ as well as ‘dying’. Thus it is timeless or eternal.
Behrupia (the impersonator), seems to be an eternal wandering showman.
Here the behrupia (dressed as Goddess Kali), is a character whose persona is always hidden. Maybe his leisure time paves the way to his subconscious and a world of secrets? On those rare moments what kind of a mirror does that ‘man’, or that ‘woman’ is destined to face? Is the city of lights, Varanasi enough for the behrupia to provide it all?
Research Scholar of Lalit Kala Akademi, Kolkata
M. F. A. Gold Medal in Faculty of Visual Arts, Painting, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 2018
B. F. A. First class first in Department of Painting, Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta (University of Calcutta) 2016