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Artwork made from paan spitting to be part of Christie's auction house

11, Jul 2014 By swaroski

If you were flummoxed due to the high real estate prices, please hurry. There is enough reason to believe that real estate rates in India would continue to rise.

Christie’s art auction house, famous for auctioning artwork from around the world, has decided to  bring Indian artwork to the world. And here, we are not talking about the Hussains, the Razas, the Gaitondes or even the Anish Kapoors of the world. For once, the humble paan stains have been noticed. And how!

Amazing piece of art.

During a cultural visit by Christie’s director in India, several people from their Amsterdam office noticed red marks on historical monuments, commercial and residential buildings, public transport and even on roads. When asked, the Indian guides scampered to explain the significance of these markings or paan kisses, as the Dutch called it, probably because the explanations were lost in translation.

But Christie’s team were so impressed with  the artwork that they instantly decided to sign the invisible artist to showcase his work at their gallery. The matters became more confusing when the team learnt that this artwork was not the work of any single individual. Instead many people have contributed to those paintings and hence no single person can lay claim to the achievement.

After a series of meetings, it was decided by Christie’s to secure this artwork as a collection and display them throughout the world. To further their desire, Christie’s has decided to buy walls, tiles, roads and even ceilings-basically every piece of item where paan work miraculously took form.

“We are delighted to inform our investors about this finding. We are trying to document every unique shape, size and structure of this performance. We feel that there are Renaissance artists all around India, creating great artwork from very little material. The technique and style required to create this piece of work requires precision like that of a modernist  while keeping the narrative of a landscape artist. It reminded me of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings or Leonardo Da Vinci’s work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel,” Christie’s art historian educated us with the effervescence of a school teacher.

The Government, not the one to be kept on the sidelines by this emphatic news, has decided to conduct special tours for foreigners wishing to see firsthand the creation of this silent art.

Many MPs have forwarded the suggestion to earmark a day in honour of the people who have dedicated their lives to symbolize ‘unity in diversity’ in such a unique way.

Notably, the length and breadth of the country has some or the other form of Paan work, only the ingredients change. Never before in the history of human civilization has art been created on such a wide canvas and by so many people.  Indeed, the cultural stains have traveled far this time, literally.