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The Bus Art of Tamil Nadu

1st of November is Tamil Nadu Day and the year 2021 marks the sapphire jubilee of the formation of the state. To celebrate this historic occasion and pay tribute to one of the culturally richest states of India, India International Centre presents a photography exhibition by Vijay S. Jodha.

This photo project focuses on a contemporary but less noticed facet of public life in Tamil Nadu in the form of art that can be found on the sides of buses crisscrossing the state. Everything from classical dancers and architectural heritage to parrots, tigers and droids find space on what are akin to art galleries on wheels. Not to be missed in such colourful and apolitical graphics is the occasional political statement such as the prominent appearance of Jallikattu bulls in the period when the Indian courts briefly banned this 2400 year-old Tamil tradition.

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