Migrant Mom and Child
Oil on canvas
36” x 48”
The Sanskrit couplet translates to: Equality for everyone; this alone is the sign of the free.
This painting is about a migrant mom and child from India, who left the city of their livelihood to head back to their native town, in the wake of the pandemic lockdown. Indian cities are the centers of employment and attract migrants from far flung rural areas, in the hope of earning bare minimum wages to make ends meet. The sudden lockdown forced them out of the cities, except, the transportation was shut down, so they walked hundreds of kilometers in 110+ degrees without food, water or any sanitary amenities along the way. A friend of mine, who runs a charity and was helping migrants en-route, with food and water, captured this duo through her lens, and I rendered the scene on my canvas in the hope to raise awareness about those who lost everything during this lockdown. I hope they survived the journey in the unforgiving heat of central India during summer months. I want to raise awareness for all charities that do grassroots level work and support people who are less fortunate than us, agnostic of location or the cause.