Art@Site Smt and Shri Giri Raj Shah Angoori Devi Baobab Tree

Smt Angoori Devi, Shri Giri Raj Shah


Baobab Tree

Garden of Five Senses, Saidul Ajaib
The central plaza is set around a historic baobab tree, at the base of which stand tall terracotta urns made by master craftspersons like Angoori Devi and Giri Raj Shah. A food court nearby hosts a popular eatery called ‘Bauji ka dhaba’, with plenty of stone tables and seating. The playful shapes and colours of the verandah pillar supports, in the west bazaar, add a touch of humour. The original idea was to showcase local craft items in these shops.
To one side is the ‘Khas Bagh’ inspired by traditional Mughal gardens, with a grid of fountains and waterways illuminated by fibre-optic lighting systems, culminating in a Fountain Tree created by sculptor John Bowman. The trail leads, amid heady fragrances, to a large rainwater pond, which recharges the natural underground aquifers. The pond and a sewage treatment plant at site amply cater to the garden’s irrigation requirements. A little further is a court with specimen plants like rare varieties of bamboo, cacti and native herbs.
Returning to the central plaza, one meanders up undulating paths, punctuated by stone lanterns and inter-planted with seasonal flowers, leading slowly up the hill in the ‘Rang Mahal’. The path arrives at a lily pool around a small island, the focus of which is a tall spiral of small copper bells tinkling in the breeze. The original blue ceramic bells created by Kristine Michael, which reflected the name ‘Neel Bagh’, were shattered by strong winds. A pergola covered by seasonal climbers encircles the pool, providing a perfect backdrop for year round colour and fragrance.
Along the western path there is a maze to one side and a steel sculpture of pinwheels by Subodh Kerkar, that whirr in the breeze, like the paper ones children play with. Further along the path, atop a rocky protrusion, stands a vertical sundial designed by John Bowman. To the right of the path, K S Radhakrishnan’s heritage column supporting a flying figure echoes the Qutub Minar in the distance.
Northwards, we arrive at a Solar Energy Park set up in association with the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources. Bright china mosaic compositions on the floor lend a touch of whimsy. The displays include a solar bus and cars, solar bicycles, home appliances powered by solar energy in a solar home, and a pavilion with solar-powered computers. All appliances are energised from a 20-kilowatt solar power plant. This exhibit is a big draw for children.
The trail leads via an Art Gallery under another colourful colonnade to the Amphitheatre, set in a natural bowl of hills. The East bazaar is just behind with a Thai restaurant, for variety. Blocks of sandstone provide random, stepped seating up the slope, dominated by a huge boulder that lends its own drama to the setting. The auditorium is a popular venue for theatre, discourses, yoga camps, and dance festivals.
The Garden of five senses is a breadth taking and enamoring experience. It is not just a park - it is a celebration of aesthetic expression and appreciation, a seamless dialogue between the creations of man and nature that invites interaction and exploration. It is an ideal ground to realize the twin objectives of the need for a public leisure space as well as awakening of human sensitivity to the environment.
An artists corner is also created within the garden where visitors can interact with artists who have contributed to its design and landscaping. Included among the prominent artists are master craftspersons Smt Angoori Devi and Shri Giri Raj Shah for terracotta and Shri Shantilal Joshi for Phad wall-hangings.
Most of the works of art ars contemporary and include sculptures by Enaz, Radhakrishnan, Subodh Kerkar and John Bowman, Kristine Michael and Ratnabali Kant. In addition, emerging new talents from Delhi College of Art are also featured .
One of the awesome gardens in Delhi is the Garden of Five Senses. Located in close vicinity to historical monument Qutub Minar, this garden is venue for Garden Festival and several food festivals throughout the year. The garden is based on the concept of five senses of our body i.e the eyes, nose, touch, taste and ears. Park is open all days a week. During Garden festival which is held in February the flowers at their bloom. Several dance and cultural events are also organized here. However, the park has several drawbacks as well which needs immediate attention like drinking water facility, food area, proper family area as couples are found almost everywhere in indecent position. It is very awkward to visit with kids and elderly sometimes