November 11, 2014

26,000 Bells of Light

by Anusha Narayanan

In September 2014, Shri Hanuman Chalisa 3D, was released in a sensory display of lights and bells, in a larger-than-life installation in Saket, New Delhi. The film is based on the verses of the Hanuman Chalisa, an ancient scripture, which was written in the early 17th Century by the great Indian poet Tulsidas to sing praise for Hanuman – a heroic mythological figure who, according to the epic Ramayana, was the son of the God of Wind (Pawan) and Lord Rama’s most beloved worshipper. The Hanuman Chalisa is a prayer that is chanted by many Hindus even today as a part of their daily ritual.



The film and exhibition have been conceptualised and created by Charuvi Design Labs (CDL), a Delhi-based animation and design studio founded by Charuvi Agrawal. What sets the project apart is not just its subject but also the grandiose scale of the ‘26,000 Bells of Light’. To promote the film, CDL came up with an installation of 26,500 bells or ‘ghungroos’, in the middle of one of Delhi’s biggest malls, Select Citywalk in Saket, putting up a 20-feet-tall abstract figure of Hanuman. ‘26000 Bells of Light’ was displayed in the atrium of the mall from 13th September until 5th October 2014.

“We created the prototype (roughly 4 feet tall) first, [in] approximately 2 weeks and [then] the final installation took 2 months. The structure is designed in such a way that it takes around 48 hours to erect it and dismantle”, Charuvi Agrawal shared with us, when we asked her about the time the entire process took. The bells were suspended with the help of  fishnet wire. The most intriguing part of this sculpture was that it had an entire mechanism in place wherein a person who touched its feet would trigger the bells of the installation to start ringing softly from top to bottom, creating a magical experience for those standing around it.

Heralding the festivities of Diwali, Charuvi Design Lab’s exhibit was meant to be a celebration of light, symbolic of knowledge and the end of ignorance (darkness). Funded and built completely by CDL, the 26000 Bells of Light take the marriage of  technology and mythology beyond animation, to a different london кредит по кредитной карте сбербанкабаза паролей вконтактенакрутить лайки аск фмчитать чужую переписку вконтактебесплатно скачать sncrackвзломать wi fi пароль программа скачать

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