As I prepare myself for a trip to India, I am sharing an older painting I did almost 2 decades ago. During my early years in California, I experimented on Watercolors to earn my rite of passage to Acrylics and later Oils. Almost a decade after I finished this painting I had the opportunity to watch a Kambala race with my family and expose my American children to a little bit of South Kanara heritage. The local percussion group were kind enough to allow my then little boys to make some music and create some beats. My children also learnt they were related to a winner of one of the races.
Kambala is an Annual Buffalo race held in the South western parts of India. The race track is a slushy mud field. It is a simple sport which entertains the local people. Like the race horses and the Jockey, the buffaloes and the racing farmer prepare themselves for the race. The prize money can be anything ranging from coconuts and bananas to gold and silver coins.
It has been in the news recently for the criticism it received from animal activists for the use of the whip on the buffalo.
Hope you enjoyed this little bit of trivia from South India and my water color painting. I will try to blog while I am in India exploring new places and soaking up all things Indian.
Majella Pinto has been passionate about Art since her childhood and only recently started pursuing it full time. She specializes in Oil Painting.