Art Walle लोग

Amidst anxieties, last minute confusions, surprising changes in plan and chaos, the exhibition ART Walle LoG finally opened for public to view and participate.

Art Walle लोग

This exhibition brings together our experience of painting 45 murals with families, schools and communities in 17 states over nearly 3 years at one place. Thanks to Dr. Alka Pande who offered us the OPEN SPACE at India Habitat Centre as the venue for our project ARTOLOGUE, keeping the participatory and open nature of project in mind.

Art Walle लोग

On 1st October, the show was officially opened with first colour strokes on canvas by spinal injury survivors. They also became the main attraction when they exhibited their wheelchair stunts.

Art Walle लोग

It was a memorable opening as much for us as much for them. Special thanks to Artist Vikram Nayak , B Ajay Sharma and lovely friend Ritesh R Sharma. Vikram helped everyone in painting and Ajay was our unofficial artist-photographer.

Art Walle लोग

We were surprised with Ritesh coming to the exhibition as he is very choosy and moody but he not only came but wrote a nice piece about the exhibit.

Read what Ritesh wrote about the Exhibit here.

A new thing for Jey Family and on much vast scale than we had ever imagined, the exhibition announcement and preparation received warm response.

Art Walle लोग

Never had we guessed that a project like this will make so many heads turn. Within less than a week’s time, people asking us for a hug and requesting us to visit their work-place to paint has become a common issue. The response of visitors are overwhelming and indeed we are overwhelmed with their requests to visit their work-place.

Art Walle लोग

Curious, teary, shining and thoughtful eyes are common sight. As an artist, it is enriching to observe people observing our works. We loved the reception of our visitors. Undoubtedly Hari-Bhari is the rock-star of Art Walle Log exhibition among all age groups and categories of visitors.

Art Walle लोग

Not only Hari-Bhari but the antique camera gifted to us by Girindra Jha was a huge attraction for many. In fact an artist friend B Ajay Sharma suggested to take the camera home every night otherwise someone will steal it.

Art Walle लोग

Other than the objects…..people loved the idea of painting on a blank canvas. In last three days more than 100 people have painted something or the other and hopefully felt good about it.

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We are filled with newer energy to undertake more colourful and longer journeys in near future.

Art Walle लोग

Come Be an Artist

Today, we want to make a big announcement about artologue.

No we are not going on a World Tour……(though we would love to if someone sponsors us)

So whats the good news… is about an exhibition.

Yes Artologue is exhibiting for the first time. In Delhi we have got an open space in INDIA HABITAT CENTRE to exhibit what we have been doing in last few years.

The exhibition has been named as ART WALLE LOG which will be there for a month from 1st Oct to 31st Oct 2015.

The exhibition has been named as ART WALLE लोग

The exhibition has been named as ART WALLE लोग

And wait. dont stop reading.

It will not be only a show of photographs of murals we have been doing with people. It will be much more than that.


We have collected mundane objects from the families we stayed with and now we have given them an artistic shape with the twist of the history of that object.

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Sounds Interesting??? then please come and see what we did with a broken krishna idol we got in an orphanage, a cap of a Policemen, with the empty color bottles, tribal broom….and so on…..


and thats not it….you will have the chance to contribute into that. bring objects to the exhibition and tell us its story. it will become part of our next show.

There will also be a chance for people to become part of the exhibition. yes you read it right. you will be part of the exhibit if you come and paint with us.

Ask us how….There will be an empty canvas and colors in the exhibition for the visitors to paint on it. Yes….you will paint on the empty canvas and later Meenakshi J. will fine-tune, improve and give a shape to be exhibited on the huge walls of India Habitat Centre.

We don’t know if that kind of experiment has been done anywhere in the world. If you know please tell us more about it.

And One more thing…

we also have two musical performances on 26th and 27th October. A classical Dhrupad singer Dr Samit Mallick will perform on 26th evening and on 27th Chandan Tiwari will sing Bhojpuri folk songs.

So you have a choice. if you like classical music….come on 26th and if you like folk…semi-classical…come on 27th October. Though we will be there on both the evenings.

See you then in October. The opening is on 1st October around 5 PM. The exhibition will be opened by the spinal injury survivors with the strokes of colors on the empty canvas.

The Exhibition has been supported by Petronet LNG and

Petronet LNG is supporting the exhibition Art walle लोग

Petronet LNG is supporting the exhibition Art walle लोग


Raza foundation is supporting the exhibition Art walle लोग

Raza foundation is supporting the exhibition Art walle लोग



The tale of half a heart


एक शहर था..जिसमें दो डॉक्टर रहते थे……..पता नहीं कैसे दोनों में प्रेम हुआ….शायद दोनों के दोस्तों ने एक दूसरे को मिलाया…फिर मां बाप मिले और प्रेम हो गया….लड़का सांवला…सलोना सा

लड़की गोरी चिट्टी …..जैसी फिल्मों में होती है..

प्रेम कुछ महीने चला…गंगा के घाट पर, रेस्तरां में….आपरेशन थिएटर में….फिर शादी हो गई….
फिर पता नहीं क्या हुआ…..लड़की बार बार बेहोश हो जाती…लडके को चिंता हुई…जांच हुई.

डॉक्टर थे ही दोनों..पता चला लड़की को बीमारी है.. Pulmonary hypertension…

आम भाषा में कहें तो ये दिल की बीमारी होती है जिसमें दिल आधा काम करता है. जी हां ऐसी भी बीमारी होती है जिसमें दिल बस आधा काम करता है. मतलब कभी कभी दिल धड़कना रुक भी सकता है.


लोगों ने लड़की से कहा- शादी के बाद चिंता करने लगी है. टेंशन हो रहा है…सगे लोगों ने कहा…परेशान मत हो..लड़के ने माथा पकड़ लिया….बीमारी टेंशन की नहीं थी…

ये वो रेयर बीमारी थी जो लाखों में कुछ को होती है जिसमें दिल आधा काम करता है जिसमें रक्त शरीर में नहीं जाता…..लड़के ने माथा पीट लिया लोगों की बात सुनकर लेकिन प्रेम करना नहीं छोड़ा..इलाज चलता रहा.

इसी बीच लड़की गर्भवती हुई…डॉक्टरों ने कहा तुम मरना चाहती हो. लेकिन….बेटा पैदा हुआ छठे ही महीने में….बिना भौंहों का. बिना पलकों का. बिना होठों का..


बच्चा आईसीयू में. मां भी आईसीयू में….दोनों बच गए……बचे रहे..लेकिन मां की हालत खराब होती चली गई….

वो बार बार बेहोश होती रही..बच्चा बड़ा होता रहा लेकिन मां बाप बच्चे पर ध्यान नहीं दे पाए..बच्चा साल भर का हो गया तो दिन रात टीवी देखने लगा…..फिर वही हुआ जो होना था…बच्चे को दुनिया से तालमेल करने में दिक्कत होने लगी.


डॉक्टरों ने बताया…बच्चे को ऑटिज्म हो सकता है बार्डरलाइन केस है…मां बाप ध्यान नहीं देते हैं……..मां ने बच्चे को उठाया और बोली..मेरा बच्चा है मेरी गलती है….वो दिन है और आज का दिन है ..

बच्चा अपने मां बाप से मुंह चूम चूमकर प्यार करता है..

छह महीने पहले बच्चे के बारे में डॉक्टरों ने बताया हाइपर एक्टिव है…वो भी एक बीमारी है…अब बच्चे की ट्रेनिंग होती है ताकि दिमाग स्थिर हो…चार साल का बच्चा गाड़ी का हर ब्रांड पहचान लेता है….नासा के वीडियो देखता है और एस्ट्रोनॉट बनना चाहता है…….


मां बच्चे को देखकर जीती है….उखड़ी सांसो में …सो नहीं पाती सीधी..तकिया लगाकर सोती है…वजन घटता जाता है वो जीती जाती है….फिर भी वो खुश रहते हैं..

डॉक्टर साब पॉजीटिव रहते हैं. कहते हैं…मैं पॉजीटिव लोगों से मिलता हूं अच्छा लगता है. भगवान को नहीं मानता…….प्रेम को मानता हूं…देखता हूं आगे क्या होता है.


फिल्मी लगी न कहानी…ये कहानी फिल्मी नहीं है..हम इस परिवार के साथ दो दिन रहे……पेंटिंग नहीं कर पाए…सोचते रहे…..हम सभी को अपना दुख ही बड़ा लगता है हमेशा जबकि….


( इस दंपत्ति का नाम नहीं बताएंगे..जो जानते हैं वो भी न बताएं…..हम उनका नाम लिखकर उनके संघर्ष और प्रेम को छोटा नहीं करना चाहते)

Art on flying chairs…

The final painting

The final painting

They were on wheel chairs but they had wings to fly. We had colors and we were ready to fly with them.

We flew with colors and wheels for the whole day. on our journey butterflies came with us and we spread colors on the walls of the home they live.

They were a bunch of guys physically bound to chairs but mentally they were on the sky with undying spirits.

The beginning

The beginning

The first interaction happened on facebook with purushottam who told us about the rugby players on wheels. Their caretaker Guddu wanted us to come and do some creative stuff with them.

The day was hot but still we reached the house in GK1 . Guddu came on a skateboard to receive us. with a blutooth on his ears and constantly managing things on phone, Guddu was more than welcoming.


We started talking to goldy and others about their injury and about their basketball adventures. We decided to make butterflies in a way that all can paint them.

We started our work and then arrived the captain of the wheelchair rugby team, Nikhil. A thorough gentleman in the way he carries himself.


Despite being on a wheel chair with spinal injury, he is a successful professional who works as a computer professional. Nikhil got injured in a silly jump in the swimming pool and injured his spine.

slowly Guddu, Nikhil, goldy, Ishan and  others joined us in painting.  In the beginning they were a bit reluctant as they thought they can’t paint.


The injury in spine makes the hand movements very very hard, we got to know for the first time, but they were excited and involved in the process and had lot of fun.

Slowly everyone was painting and explaining the day to day struggles of a wheelchair bound person and the joys of a group on wheelchairs.  You may be wondering what can be joy so let me point them out the difficulties, happiness and achievements.


  1. This bunch of young guys have played international wheelchair rugby in Korea
  2. They are arranging camps in various parts of India to make a national wheeelchair rugby team which can participate in para Olympics.
  3. Nikhil is a software engineer, Ishan has joined a multinational company recently.



  1. They don’t sweat so they have to spray water on their face and wipe it otherwise it makes them uneasy.
  2. Going to toilet and passing the urine takes a hell lot of time.
  3. They have to train hard for their hand movements.



  1. As they say- when they move in a group, people feel that they are acting because they move their chairs themselves which people don’t accept.
  2. They do small stunts with their wheel chairs which normal people couldn’t think of.
  3. They have amazing mental strength and have the capacity to fight with the odds.


for us working with this bunch was a lifetime experience. They told their individual stories which will take one blog each to write. we laughed with them, ate with them, painted with them.


we cried in our hearts learning the fact that even holding a spoon in your hands can be challenging, things which we took for granted.

It is difficult to write about the experience. It can only be felt. we heartily thank Guddu, purushottam, Nikhil and others who invited us to spend time with them.

The best compliment we got was from Nikhil, ‘People come here to meet us and talk to us. You guys came and worked with us….and gave us a unique experience. it was a lovely time we spend with you.’

The final painting

The final painting

Artologue turns 3….

MJ and Jey

Artologue: Art for all, our dream project enters its third year in August 2015. While colours, journeys to new places, participation of the viewers  and creative exchange formed the core of the project, there’s much more to it. It is as much a journey of ours as a couple, Mee and Jey as individuals as well as of two art crusaders.

In the beginning, it was a romantic ride, which turned into adventure rides at different juncture of our travels, and at times these turned out to be the most memorable and cherished moments.


Visiting new places for a xenophobic like myself and compromising on every possible aspect of life during the journeys for Jey, has brought out the best from both of us. Also to be able to fit in every house where we were invited to paint, tested and improved our creativity in the truest manner.


All our life we kept on hoarding things and categorizing them as ‘mine’ only to realize that the joy of creating something and seeing other cherish it as ‘their’s’ is more satisfying.


While it seems we created and left behind all our works unsigned and unclaimed, rather we left our color-print at every place we visited, every house we lived, every soul we peeped in and every heart who accepted us as their family. We did not leave much behind in our journeys. If we sit to calculate, our gains would win with huge margins.


All our lives we strive for love, recognition and knowledge. After these years we know that we have seen half of India and vice-versa, and we have 40 walls (where we painted), numerous friends (we made on our way)and  27 families (we stayed with) to go back to.


So congratulation to all of you who met us or know us through Facebook, Twitter or or newspapers. we are waiting for your invite. and Yes GOOD NEWS TO SHARE SOON about ARTOLOGUE.



Marriage and painting : a new experience

DSC_1822 copyCreating a painting for others and marrying a daughter feels alike.

Once back from the 45 days Bihar Jharkhand Artologue trip, we had a hard time coping with the fact that we will perhaps never see the paintings we did during the trip.

We and especially Meenakshi spent hours going through the same photographs from the last trip over and over again. Perhaps that was her way of compensating the physical distance between her works, whom she addresses as her children.

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Amidst this hangover, we received an offer to paint in a wedding. An arranged marriage in Le Meridian, New Delhi, in which family members from both the sides from their ancestral village were to join in.

The offer was more of a request from the maternal uncle as he really loved his niece and wanted to gift her something unique on the on set of a new chapter of her life. We readily accepted the offer.

Creating an art work for some one else is like marrying your daughter away. Although both, the art work and daughter, remains closer to the heart, you can’t see then as often as you wish.painting

For the wedding, Meenakshi came up with the idea of treating the white base just as a maiden is treated and prepared for her new life. We spent two days in the narrow lanes of old Delhi looking for an appropriate cloth base, some glittery colours and a bridal kind of lace for the border of painting.

On the day of haldi and menhdi, the white cloth base was coated with a layer of haldi, just as a maiden is smeared and massaged with haldi. Due to its medicinal and ritualistic value, haldi or Turmeric it is a must in every Indian wedding.

Next when the menhdi-wala came to apply menhdi on the hands and feet of bride, Meenakshi along with other women applied glittery pearl colours on the yellowed fabric with the henna cone.

The use of henna cone instead of brush was the idea of Jey who believed that brush may sound a little alien to the household women while henna cone will be easy to handle and work with due to its familiarity. The trick worked and without any fuss all the gathered women started drawing their wishes and blessings on the yellowed fabric while Meenakshi drew the central intricate design.

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On the day of engagement, the guests and mostly kids had a great time playing with henna colour cones and adding their designs to the painting.

Women from villages drew the traditional designs that are considered auspicious and Meenakshi continued to elaborate the central design. Jey had a tough time managing the kids, re-doing some messed up designs and an enormous peacock that was badly done by the mother of the bride.

Towards the end, the peacock edited by Jey looked very beautiful and out-shone other works by guest artists.

After the ring ceremony got over, the bride and groom drew their bit and ended up drawing themselves on the canvas. The father-in-law too got excited and drew a messy line work that Meenakshi edited out in the final phase of the painting.

On the day of the wedding, the canvas was decorated with bright bridal-kind of lace border and fine tuned for the final presentation. That day the painting did look like a bride, decorated all in bright hues and ready to don a new avatar.

It soon became centre of attraction and a selfie spot. Singles, couples and elderlies all joined the queue for a photo with the painting in background. Jey had a tough time controlling the excited crowd.

Later we too had a photo clicked with the painting, but we created the background for the painting.

That evening we bid a silent and smily good-bye to the painting knowing that we may not see it ever again..

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गुलेल, चिकन और यादें….

The painting in a village in Hazaribagh

The painting in a village in Hazaribagh

हज़ारीबाग जाना नहीं था लेकिन कहते हैं न यात्राओं में पता नहीं होता आप कहां से कहां पहुंच जाते हैं.

जब भागलपुर में थे तो शशि से बात हुई तो शशि ने कहा कि अगर हम हज़ारीबाग जाएंगे तो वो मुंबई से हमसे मिलने आ जाएंगे.

शशि को हम फेसबुक से ही जानते थे और फोन पर एक दो बार बातचीत हुई थी. हमें आश्चर्य हो रहा था कि शशि सिर्फ हमसे मिलने मुंबई से आने को तैयार है हज़ारीबाग तो हम भी अपना कार्यक्रम थोड़ा बदल सकते हैं.

The time in hazaribagh spent with shashi and mona is one of the best periods in our jouney

The time in hazaribagh spent with shashi and mona is one of the best periods in our jouney

फिर हमने रुट बदला और बेगूसराय, बिहार शरीफ होते हुए उन दोनों जगहों पर पेंट करते हुए हज़ारीबाग पहुंचे.

अब सोचिए. हम शशि के दोस्त और ठहरे शशि के एक और दोस्त मोना के यहां. मतलब दोस्त के दोस्त के घर रुके और फिर मोना के एक दोस्त की शादी में गए.

The enjoyable moments

The enjoyable moments

अब सोचिए दोस्त के दोस्त के दोस्त की शादी. खैर हज़ारीबाग शहर से अलग बड़कागांव की तरफ एक सुंदर छोटे से पहाड़ों की गोद में बसे गांव में शादी का आनंद इस लोक से परे ही कहा जा सकता है.

The marriage ceremony. simple and beautiful

The marriage ceremony. simple and beautiful

पहला दिन ऐसा बीता लेकिन दूसरे दिन का अनुभव और भी अलग था.

Dance after the marriage.

Dance after the marriage.

मोना ने तय किया कि वो हमें एक और व्यक्ति से मिलाना चाहती हैं. दीनू से.

दीनू आदिवासी है और बिल्कुल जंगल में बसे एक गांव में रहते हैं. दीनू और मोना का रिश्ता बस इतना सा है कि दीनू रिक्शा चलाता है और जब मोना के पापा की एक बार तबीयत ख़राब  हुई थी तो दीनू अपनी रिक्शा में लेकर उनके पापा को घर तक ले आया था.

तब से मोना और दीनू एक परिवार जैसे हो गए हैं.

दीनू के चार बेटे है जो अलग अलग शहरों में मज़दूरी करते हैं. दीनू का घर सुंदर सा है मिट्टी का. उनके पैर में चोट थी और कुछ ही सप्ताह पहले ऑपरेशन हुआ था. अब वो शायद ही रिक्शा चला पाएंगे.

We painted two walls in Dinoo's house

We painted two walls in Dinoo’s house

बातों बातों में हमने पूछा कि आप तो खेती करते हैं तो फिर रिक्शा क्यों. दीनू ने बताया कि आदिवासी गांवों में या कहिए उनके गांवों में हर व्यक्ति उतनी ही खेती कर सकता है जितना वो खुद जोत सके. मज़दूर रखकर खेती नहीं करवा सकता कोई.

है न मज़ेदार व्यवस्था.

Shashi painted with Meenakshi

Shashi painted with Meenakshi

ऐसे में दीनू को नगद की दिक्कत हो जाती है. इसी कारण वो हफ्ते में तीन दिन हज़ारीबाग जाते हैं रिक्शा चलाने.

ख़ैर तय हुआ कि दीनू हमें खास किस्म का चिकन खिलाएंगे जो मिट्टी में गड्ढा खोदकर साल के पत्ते में पकाया जाएगा और खाना भी साल के पत्ते में खाया जाएगा जैसे वो खाते हैं.

हमने कहा बदले में हम आपके घर की दीवारें पेंट करेंगे.

मीनाक्षी ने रंग उठाए और शुरु हो गया काम. जे हमेशा से कहता था कि आदिवासियों के घर मिट्टी के बने होते हैं लेकिन उनकी फिनिशिंग सीमेंट से भी बेहतर होती है. मैंने ये चीज़ पूर्णिया में कल्याण टुडू के घर में देख चुके थे.

दीनू के घर की दीवारें सीमेंट की दीवारों से सुंदरता में बीस ही थी. जो बन पड़ा हमने बनाया. रंग भी उनके घरों के सामान से ही बनाए. धीरे धीरे घर के बच्चे भी जुट गए काम में.


फिर क्या था. कुत्ते, बकरियां, सुअर सब मंडराने लगे हमारे चारों तरफ. जंगल के जीवन का यही असल मज़ा है. आदमी-जानवर-प्रकृति सब साथ में होते हैं.

दीनू एक लाठी पर घूमते घूमते बार बार हमारे पास आते और देखते. थोड़ी बातचीत करते. हमने फरमाइश की थोड़ी सी हंडिया की भी जो उन्होंने चट से मंगवा दिया.


दोपहर तक काम खत्म हुआ पेंटिंग का और इसी बीच एक पड़ोस की महिला आई और बोली कि उनके घर में अगले हफ्ते शादी है तो क्या हम पेंट कर देंगे उनके दरवाज़े.

हमने हामी भरी लेकिन कर नहीं पाए. खैर देर दोपहर पेंटिंग खत्म होने के बाद जब खाने बैठे तो साल के दोने और पत्तल में मुर्गे का स्वाद दिव्य ही लगा.


शशि और मोना हम दोनों की खुशी देखकर चुपचाप मुस्कुराए. शायद शशि पहले मिल चुके थे दीनू से. दीनू भी खुश लगे. जाते समय उन्होंने जे को गुलेल दी क्योंकि पूरे समय जे गुलेल से खेलता रहा था.

दीनू ने कहा – हम गुलेल का खूब इस्तेमाल करते हैं खेत से जानवर भगाने में, बेर तोड़ने में. आप ले जाइए ये एक हमारी याद.

गुलेल हमारे साथ है हमारे घर में. मुर्गे का स्वाद है हमारे मुंह में और दीनू की याद हमारे जेहन में.


Kesariya Balam for hari bhari

Our hari bhari bullet with kids

Those who are familiar with our journey, they know Hari bhari is our 350 CC Royal enfield bullet and we travel on that for our art journeys.

Now we are looking for a boyfriend of Hari bhari which is a 500 CC Royal Enfeild Bullet. Since artologue project is all about participation not money we have opened crowdfunding for the bullet which has been named by people as KESARIA BALAM.

If you want to fund for the new Bullet please come to this link and contribute whatever you want.

Artologue coverage

In between we are also sharing the coverage we got in our 45 day trip to Bihar and Jharkhand.

We got covered by many media houses which included more than 20 paper cuttings, two FM Radio interviews and one Live TV show on DD.

Here is glimpse of those coverages. also adding the previous newspaper coverage  so dont get bored.


The first ever coverage of Artologue was happened in 2014 by The Hindu. here is the link.


Then Amar Ujala newspaper did a long feature on us. weblink unavailable.

IMG_8526NavBharat Times did a little photo feature when we came back from our Srinagar Trip in 2014

IMG_8527The coverage in Bihar and Jharkhand news papers followed during our 45 day trip of Bihar and Jharknad.




The Article in Prabhat Khabar.




and another one in Inext Patna.IMG_8528

Painting in Begusarai with kids of GOVT school was an eye opener for usIMG_8529And then we painted in an orphanage in Bhagalpur.

IMG_8530Another painting done in Begusarai

IMG_8531Another coverage of the Bhagalpur orphanage thing.

IMG_8532From Begusarai we travelled to Bihar Sharif where we painted in a police station and then moved to Ranchi to paint in a place where kids with mental disablities live.

IMG_8533Times of India Ranchi also covered the story. here is the web link-


And so did the pioneer in Ranchi-

IMG_8535Hindustan also covered the story.

IMG_8536Another very well reputed magazine covered our journey when we came back to Delhi.

PG-2And off course the Big Seven page spread on FEMINA MAGAZINE in 2014

Expressing – the smART way!

In the 45 day trip of Artologue, H.H.High school Brambe was our last stop. we spend two days painting with kids. The school is run by Shadab Hasan who has done his MBA and could have earn handsome money working in any Multinational but decided to stay and open a decent school where kids from tribal and underprivileged background can study  by paying a little only and at times nothing. This blog is written Shadab Hasan. 


15th April, 2015 – a usual morning at H. H. High School, Brambe (Jharkhand). Students super excited with their new set of books. Teachers busy scheduling classes. Everything was moving as it is expected in the first few days of a new academic session. I was in a class teaching the kids when suddenly Anand, a dear friend of mine called me to inform, that ‘THEY’ had almost reached the school.

I asked them to wait near the Central University of Jharkhand which was a few minutes away from our campus. I wrapped up the class and immediately rush to receive ‘them’. I had never seen them before.


At a moderate pace I drove around the Central University of Jharkhand trying to spot the ‘duo’ (as I was told they were two of them).

Suddenly I spotted a couple in bright coloured tee-shirts, self painted dungarees and glasses which none would wear except those truly in love with colours. Without a doubt I knew it was them. But they were not two – they were three them. Jey Sushil, Menakshi J. and Hari Bhari, a beaming, bright, green royal enfield.


Our eyes met. Smiles exchanged and within minutes they were in our campus.

The day began with a customary introduction cum ‘what would you like to become’ session. That was when I knew what magic the three could do.

The way they gelled with the students spoke volumes about the love they had for them. The session was followed by a quick hand-raising of kids who wanted to join us in painting the school wall. Few stood up. Many shied away.

All because they felt art was not their cup of tea. Jey did not force any of them to come along. The team was formed, colours unpacked, and brushes soaked in water. The team stood in front of the blank white wall wondering what to draw. All was set except what would come up on the wall.


Meenakshi and Jey turned to the kids. The kids came up with suggestions and for each of them the answer was – NO!

The idea was simple. We were not going to draw anything that existed. Instead we were to draw something that we had never seen.

So Jey along with his team set out on a quick tour of the campus and asked each of the members to note down everything that they saw as they moved around. The kids did.


This is a wonderful method practiced by Jey and Meenakshi to help children become aware of the surrounding they live in and also get an idea of what to include that gives a local essence to the painting.

The three walls were mutually agreed to be painted into LAND, WATER and AIR respectively, the idea propped up Jey and shaped by Meenakshi.

Once the theme was finalized then the sketching began. I was hoping Meenakshi, the only professional painter in the lot to come forward and do the sketching on the wall for the kids to paint. I was proved wrong! She neither sketched nor gave any hints that she would. Instead she encouraged the kids to come forward and do the sketching.


That was when I actually got to know what these two were.

It was simple. They were not there to sketch. They were not there to paint. Instead they were there to make the kids do it. Not only the ones who wanted to but anyone they came across.

 Meenakshi and Jey came from the school of thought that art is something which is made for everybody and there are no good or bad artists in the world.


It is an expression of what you see and feel about it and can be expressed in any way deemed fit to the viewer.

The three walls that we had mutually agreed to was going to be worked on completely by the children with small inputs and guidance by our heroes.


Very soon, the land-themed wall started getting adorned with a pink monkey, a yellow-beaked cock with pink and blue feathers and beautiful colored ants who were crawling almost everywhere and anywhere they could go.

Jey is extremely fond of drawing and coloring cocks and this is why the colourful cock found its way on our walls and was found riding a motorcycle to its heart’s delight.


The water-themed ones saw a green octopus and a red tortoise out on a stroll while the yellow sword fish showed off his bright blue fins and startled the pink sea horse!

The air-themed wall what interested me the most as the children drew and colored dragonflies and butterflies on it.


In order to create an everlasting memory of Jey, Meenakshi and their beautiful Hari Bhari, they also drew and a similar green bullet on the wall and colored it as a constant reminder of the trio and what they had taught them on those two special days!


What really appealed to me was Jey Couple’s idea to give the walls a local feel as that is what Meenakshi does wherever she goes. They achieved this by picking up some red soil from our campus and making a thick paste with it which was then used by the children to create a border on the walls! Brilliant! This gave the walls an earthy and rural feel without any effort!


Meenakshi and Jey would keep a constant check on what the children were doing and according to him nothing was ‘wrong’ or ‘incorrect’ in the world of art!

According to Meenakshi, it was all perfect as each child expressed his feelings through art and was at full liberty to do it any way he wants to.


Meenakshi helped the children mix colors, choose the right paint brush and let them free! On the first day I was able to manage just about 15 children to participate in the drawing and coloring activity with Jey and Meenakshi as I sensed that the other children were a little apprehensive about coloring and felt that they were not perfect at the job.

The 15 confident ones worked for almost 2 hours after school with Jay and Meenakshi drawing their heart out and coloring as they felt like.


When the other children saw the painted and half-finished walls the next day, they suddenly realized that what Jey and Meenakshi were making the kids do was quite simple yet artistic and could be anyone’s cup of tea if he or she wanted it to be!


We had many more children joining us for the coloring session the next day and the numbers increased so much that we had to create batches so that everybody got a chance to color the the 2 days that Jey and Meenakshi spent with the children and helped them learn what art truly is, changed the way our children looked at art and they suddenly developed an inclination to this new found hobby!

Art enthusiastic from all classes started coming up to me and asked me to get all the other school walls whitewashed at the earliest so they could start painting them too! I think our school is going to get all colourful pretty soon.


Jey and Meenakshi are two individuals who touch hearts and change lives by introducing people to a whole new world of color and art.

Their interactive and friendly nature took away all the inhibitions that my children (and me!) had about art and gave us a new perspective to live life freely and enjoy everything around us. After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and we at HHHS Brambe never wish our children to experience a dull moment in their lives.

Children of God…in Artologue

The work started with painting he hands of those kids

The work started with painting he hands of those kids

For the first time, we were nervous. It is difficult to explain the rush of mixed emotion when we reached the Srijan Help, a school for ‘special’ children. They greeted us with hearty smiles, warm shake-hands, curious looks and shyness.

Initially talking to them looked like a difficult task but that was not because a few of them could not speak. It was because we took a lot of time to embrace them as they were.

with the hand prints walls looked something like this.

with the hand prints walls looked something like this.

A few simple words and bowl of colors did the magic. We were talking, cheering, playing quiz and trying to remember each other’s name. While Jey was easy to pronounce and remember, Meenakshi became ‘M’ for them. She loved her new name.

In a few minutes the students were singing our names- AMMMM……JEYYYY …… M….Jey…… M…Jey..

The air was full of life. The youngest, also the shyest child was 6 years old and the eldest and the most talented of the students was 30 years old. We spend the whole day with these wonderful people.

Then Meenakshi started working on those designs

Then Meenakshi started working on those designs

Although we could not match with their energy level, we tried our best to give our best to them.

A few of them could not talk, some could not remember, some could not stop talking, some could not stand and walk around but they were full of life.

We asked them to choose their favorite colors and helped them print their hand prints on their school wall. Meenakshi had a plan of using their hand prints to create figures of birds and fishes.

Few became fish and few others became...

Few became fish and few others became…

Once they were done, Meenakshi transformed all the hand prints into dolphins, fishes, peacock, duck and other birds. All the students sincerely watched the whole process of creating art and interestingly, unlike other children, none of them disturbed Meenakshi or Jey in their work.

few hand prints became birds

few hand prints became birds


Those who could not stand were stuck to the windows, those who could   they sat around Jey, Prashant Suhano and Anand Dutta. They were highly disciplined and well behaved.

Not a single kid disturbed us while Meenakshi was working

Not a single kid disturbed us while Meenakshi was working

Hours passed a midst giggles and colors. When it was time to part, the children showed a lot of interest in getting their photo clicked. Not just did they insist on getting their photo clicked in their favorite pose, they also rejected the ‘not so good’ photos.

This kid was so interested in the painting that he kept walking on his walking sticks.

This kid was so interested in the painting that he kept walking on his walking sticks.

The parting note and emotions are difficult to explain. The teachers and founder of the Srijan Help school, Gunjan Gupta, thanked us for being able to spend some time with these children. She told us that many people from different NGOs come to their school but they do not treat the students properly.

The Selfie time

The Selfie time

“From tomorrow onward many will continue to ask for you both. Not many people love them the way you both loved my children”, told Gunjan when we were to leave.

One more with me please

One more with me please

We knew these special children deserve much more love and care than they were receiving in a three bare rooms and a couple of untrained teachers/ caretakers. Still the love they gave us will continue to fill our lives with life and smiles. Only the blessed ones have such pure hearts and hearty smiles. They are the Real Children of GOD.

The final painting looked something like this.

The final painting looked something like this.