Fallen Idols

Sondeep Shankar 1

Sondeep Shankar evocatively captures the state of neglect some Indian icons currently find themselves in

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Kolkata: Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekanand gather dust in Kumartuli

Kolkata: Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekanand gather dust in Kumartuli

Chennai: Discarded statues of political leaders Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, BR Ambedkar and others lying unused in a godown

Chennai: Discarded statues of political leaders Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, BR Ambedkar and others lying unused in a godown

Delhi: A figure from the British Raj in Coronation Park

Delhi: A figure from the British Raj in Coronation Park

Delhi: Coronation park again. The entire space is currently undergoing a conservation project courtesy INTACH.

Delhi: Coronation park again. The entire space is currently undergoing a conservation project courtesy INTACH.

Delhi:A figure from the British Raj in Coronation Park

Delhi: A figure from the British Raj in Coronation Park

One Comment

  1. Manju October 1, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

    In 1962, we lived near SJTB hospital. My father, Dr. Verendra Nath Sharma was a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Hospital. He often drove us to Coronation Park. We ran up and down the stairs and played. The large statue of Queen Victoria sitting on a throne is no longer there. I was 6 years old. There are still some places in and around Delhi that remain the same and this is one of them.

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