Nature’s form of art as seen during different seasons is incredible. When people live in harmony with nature they create more auspiciousness, spread more joy and happiness within and around themselves. Spring denotes new beginnings. It is considered to be one of the most pleasant season of India. Weeding gardens, planting trees, flowers blossom, rivers murmur, this signifies signs of growth and life spreading happiness all around. During summers, people are directed towards their passion which includes travel, various form of activities i.e dance, music, art & craft, painting & drawing, theatre, cooking & baking etc. Students indulge in summer camp activities, people plan their time off by going for a vacation. Fall brings with it a new adventure – participating in get-togethers and reaping the harvest of all their work. Winter signifies stillness or contemplation. It is a time when people reflect on the year, reconnect to source and prepare the soil for glorious spring. Every season brings with it an incredible opportunity to grow, learn and excel. People who are passionate about their hobby makes the most of this time and benefit out of it. For instance, farmers are artists whose dedication and perseverance yields harvest to feed billions of people across the nation. Though, conditions of farming are alarming, seeds of discontent and crisis is widespread amongst all. Despite, they discover principles of sustainability in farming, put roughly 10% of annual harvest back into the soil, give back to the source so that billions of people can be served.
India’s first Land Art festival was organised in December 2016. Land art is an environmental art as the materials used in this art are essentially environment friendly and usually local in nature. For this Land art, several social workers, artists, and farmers were invited to collaborate with each other and make powerful images on contemporary farming issues. Henceforth, the images created were open for public viewing. It commented strongly on farming issues as it involved soil, seeds, water and farmers, uniting the community at one place irrespective of cast, gender & power. Land artists use surroundings in their art, making their creation a part of landscape.
This event was not only used to raise awareness about the farming issues but also aroused the artistic skills in various farmers. It united several people to perform, paint, sing, sculpt, click, sow, farm, cook, stay, learn, enjoy and collaborate to make it all the more meaningful. This was a good platform for the group of artists, farmers and people from other fields who believe that art and farming can be the catalysts for social change. Irrespective of power, religion and caste masses celebrated nature, life, soil and food.