This work by Subrat Kumar Behera is done in his signature multi-panel style of composition. It was shown at the 2016 Kochi-Muzeris Biennial in the curated section by Sudarshan Shetty. It was displayed at the Aspin Hall.
This title reflects upon the idea of how a myth/story/tale no matter from which part of the world, having occurred in different time and space, socio-cultural diversities and differences follow similar paradigms. The paradigm here reflects the notion of patterns and/or linguistic tendencies. These myths carry strong moral, ethical, philosophical and metaphysical undertones that are meant for the betterment of human morals and ethics. They carry strong action-reaction based narratives that trigger the subconscious of the reader. They are used as tools for imbibing ethical and moral codes of conduct for future generations taking examples from the ‘past’.
The work Mythological Paradigm Prophesied throws light on the probable narrative of future myths. For this purpose, the work historicizes the present. It draws significant references from the pre-history to the contemporary world in the form of events, people, and places. The use of characters who have played a strong role in shifting socio-political power structures, having influenced the change in the course of history to become markers for identifying the reference, a narrative structure predominant in the murals of Ajanta. The work uses heavy philosophical context of the ‘Four Noble Truths’ and the ‘Eightfold Path’ from Buddhist philosophy. The narrative structure is drawn from myriad cultures, regions, religions, and traditions. The narrative pattern for instance parts from right to left movement for a left to right one. It breaks from a dual-panel to a single panel narration in specific places commenting on the specific event. The work makes a scathing comment on how the structure and matter of future myths remain similar to what the human race was meant to learn from.
This work is available for purchase on the Astanzi website. Subrat Kumar Behera studied from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara. He works extensively in the printmaking practice of Lithography, does paintings and large scale installations as his art practice. He lives and works in Vadodara.