Bhopal: INA soldiers give blood, battlefields become artist’s pilgrimage

The path of a soldier is always strewn with thorns and speckled with blood, and the one taken by the members of the Indian National Army (INA) was more circuitous.

It was the path of none but that of Subhash Chandra Bose’s. For him and his army, death was at their beck and call and life at their disposal.

The circuitous round that the INA took to enter India from Singapore figured in a painting of Govind Vishwas.

The painting named ‘Azad’ consists of a map of the region as the background.

The battles between the INA and the British Army, which took place during the freedom fighters’ arduous march into India have found a place in the painting. The places through which the INA passed have also been delineated in the painting.

It was supposedly a Japan-backed military expedition to free India from the British. The expedition ended with the defeat of Japan in the Second World War.

Vishwas has made the painting as part of an online art camp organised by the South Central Cultural Zone of the Union Culture Ministry to mark Bose's 150th birth anniversary.

He is one of the 20 artistes who have been selected for the camp. He is the only one from Bhopal. Each participant is required to make two paintings.

He has used ‘mapping’ technique for making the painting. “This is my signature technique,” he has told Free Press. The acrylic work on canvas also includes a portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and miniatures of Japanese fighter planes.

According to Vishwas, he has shown how the INA, after facing an attack in Singapore, marched into India via Burma (now Myanmar) and what happened on the way. Led by Bose, it comprised around 50,000 soldiers, including women.

Vishwas says that his painting has resulted from his research work on ‘The Forgotten Army - Azaadi Ke Liye – a five-episode web series produced by Kabir Khan for Amazon Prime.

Paintings to be on display in Jabalpur

The paintings will be showcased in an exhibition in Jabalpur in the first week of March. The selected paintings of the exhibition will display at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Bhopal: INA soldiers give blood, battlefields become artist’s pilgrimage
Govind Vishwas
Bhopal: INA soldiers give blood, battlefields become artist’s pilgrimage
Govind Vishwas

He has used the ‘mapping’ technique for making the painting. “This is my signature technique,” he has told Free Press. The acrylic work on canvas also includes a portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and miniatures of Japanese fighter planes.

According to Vishwas, he has shown how the INA, after facing an attack in Singapore, marched into India via Burma (now Myanmar) and what happened on the way. Led by Bose, it comprised around 50,000 soldiers, including women.

Vishwas says that his painting has resulted from his research work on ‘The Forgotten Army - Azaadi Ke Liye – a five-episode web series produced by Kabir Khan for Amazon Prime.

Paintings to be on display in Jabalpur

The paintings will be showcased in an exhibition in Jabalpur in the first week of March. The selected paintings of the exhibition will display at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.‘mapping’ technique for making the painting. “This is my signature technique,” he has told Free Press. The acrylic work on canvas also includes a portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and miniatures of Japanese fighter planes.

According to Vishwas, he has shown how the INA, after facing an attack in Singapore, marched into India via Burma (now Myanmar) and what happened on the way. Led by Bose, it comprised around 50,000 soldiers, including women.

Vishwas says that his painting has resulted from his research work on ‘The Forgotten Army - Azaadi Ke Liye – a five-episode web series produced by Kabir Khan for Amazon Prime.

Paintings to be on display in Jabalpur

The paintings will be showcased in an exhibition in Jabalpur in the first week of March. The selected paintings of the exhibition will display at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

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