Coming alive…..

A MOMENT CAUGHT…..
A miracle happened in my life …. Dec 2012…
My friend was doing pottery since a few months… & was after me for joining her…

I was in complete denial… with a stance ‘I am very bad at any other art except my humble acting skills… which is in my DNA… comes easy to me…’
But…

A BIG BUT for any other art form…

A strong NO…

Since I am good at Math, I would get through my drawing exam in school with passing colors with the help of Geometrical designs.

I have a video camera & I had shot a Marathi feature film using her house as a location with that camera…. so she suggested, I come with my camera & shoot while she was doing pottery… I willingly accepted… & landed in Dharavi kumbharwada & met a potter who had worked with the great art directors of the Golden Era of Indian Cinema in 60 s throwing huge pots … his family… it was fun shooting the grownups playing with mud…

I was moving around in a ‘touch me not… please…’ expression making ‘a way’ & keeping ‘away’ through mud…
Shooting was done within 10 minutes… & I was just fooling around passing comments on their muddy selves… when another Potter suddenly threw a ball of clay from say 7-8 feet calling out ‘catch it Neelu…’ & I caught it reflexively not to spoil my clothes…

That’s that… it was the very first contact with clay… & thereafter a continuous association …

Once you touch clay… it touches you deep within…
It’s very ‘touching’ … the clay….

To be Continued….

Neelkanti Patekar ™ &©

28th Oct. 20.22 hrs.