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Jungle Nama re-imagines Bon Bibi’s tale as ecological allegory

Jungle Nama, a sound and visual installation with artwork by Salman Toor and audio by Ali Sethi, pulls you literally into the pages of Amitav Ghosh’s illustrated story-in-verse


Update : 06 Feb 2023, 10:15 PM

The latest re-reimagining of the canonical Bengali legend of Bon Bibi – guardian of the Sundarban and goddess of the forest – can be found in the Very Small Feelings exhibit at the Dhaka Art Summit. 

Jungle Nama, a sound and visual installation with artwork by Salman Toor and audio by Ali Sethi, pulls you literally into the pages of Amitav Ghosh's illustrated story-in-verse. 

GOLEM, an international architecture, art, and design studio based in Paris, created the scenography for the installation.

Visitors step into a forest of giant pages, where the scenes of the book stand tall as trees.

Toor, a Pakistani-born American painter known for his figurative works that combine academic technique and sketch-like style, provides evocative black and white illustrations that gesture towards immense feeling. 

Sethi, a singer, songwriter, and composer who melds classical Indian ragas and contemporary Western arrangements, offers melodious narration of Ghosh's sing-song verses, bringing legend to life in these iconic characters: mighty spirit Dokkhin Rai who takes a tiger's form, greedy merchant Dhona, and poor lad Dukhey, who is saved from Dokkhin Rai by Bon Bibi — and with whom forest workers identify when they brave the wilds of the Sundarban.

 This English-language version replicates the dwipodi-poyar meter of twenty-four syllable couplets found in the original Bengali epic poem.

Jungle Nama, which adapts one episode of Bon Bibi's story, is Ghosh's allegorical exploration of human greed, ecological escapades, and the relationship of a people with their forest and the resources around them — which together result in today's crisis of climate change. 

Uniting words, sounds, and images, Ghosh and his collaborators create an immersive experience of a beloved story with urgent resonance for our time in Shilpakala's public arena. The installation appears courtesy of artists and Harper Collins India.

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