FABRIC OF TIME
evo India|March 2020
On the third leg of our Art with Seltos series, we stumble upon two art forms created centuries ago, that still exist as they were originally meant to
AFZAL RAWUTHER

AMBER LIGHT RAYS REFLECTED OFF THE surface of the water as the sun dropped down to the horizon. The 'golden hour' won’t last for an hour and the photo and video team scramble to find the perfect shot, aided immeasurably by the handsome proportions and beautiful LED lighting elements of the Seltos. Meanwhile, I am cocooned in Kia'a blockbuster, the ambient lighting with the stellar Bose speakers belting out my favourite tunes and having a calming effect on me, as we kickstart the third leg of the Art with Seltos series. Over the past three months, we have found ourselves on week-long sojourns that have taken us to spellbinding locations as we rediscovered some special traditional art forms.

Roadtripping across India, we had witnessed everything from indigenous tribal art in Maharashtra to some of the finest wildlife photographers in action in the Rann of Kutch. All along, the stylish Kia Seltos gave us company, its standout design admired by anyone who gave it even as much as a fleeting glance and its dynamics enabling us to criss-cross the country in comfort with speed and safety. The premium tech-laden interiors had us spoilt while features like the air-purifier allowed us to breathe easy – be it the deserts or our cities.

As the sunset, a thought crossed our minds. We were in the heart of the country and beauty was everywhere to be found – cultural riches in every direction. The state of Madhya Pradesh is home to numerous historical artifacts, monuments and art forms – some of them famous the world over. Places like Khajuraho, Bhimbetka and Sanchi need no introduction. However, where to head was a difficult choice to make. We were after something that a quick Google search couldn’t get you to. As the Narmada to my right ebbed and flowed, in a moment of tranquillity, it was obvious. It has to be something that has stood the test of time much like the Maheshwar fort in the distance. Flooded numerous times in its centuries-old history, the fort stands proud with the only visible signs being plaques on the floor marking the water level and the date in time.

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