For Satyam Acharya from Margao in Goa, lockdown gave a possibility to bond together with his father over making ready tea and breakfast; he would paint whereas his father made lunch and dinner. Satyam is Lonely Resident#3 in artist Kedar Dhondu’s distinctive on-line undertaking ‘Lonely Residents’.

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Kedar, who teaches at Goan Faculty of Artwork had studied in Sarojini Naidu College of Artwork and Communication in Hyderabad and lived within the metropolis for six years. Presently primarily based in Goa, the artist was to journey to Milan for an exhibition scheduled in April (now postponed) and used to often test the information for updates. “When the pandemic reached Italy after China, many myths have been floating round that the virus can’t survive in a sizzling nation like India. However, when the scenario modified and the lockdown was first introduced in March right here, there have been worry and anxieties. We weren’t capable of settle for this isolation and questioned if we are going to survive,” he says.


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People caught at houses, their lives and experiences through the lockdown turned a topic for Kedar. “We like to exit, meet buddies, family members or simply journey because it relaxes us. Instantly, we turned lonely residents with none contact with the skin world. We have been locked inside our personal houses and the isolation was onerous to digest,” he says on how he devised his undertaking. “I wished to find people, examine their lives and the way they’ve been adapting to the brand new life-style in lockdown. I additionally wished to share by means of these photos that staying dwelling just isn’t boring; one’s home just isn’t a restricted area and one can do quite a bit even from their houses,” he provides.

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‘Lonely Residents’ undertaking on his Instagram account (@kedar_dk) invited people at houses to ship their close-up picture with a couple of strains of how they’ve been spending time. The one requirement was to ship a photograph trying immediately into the camera. “I wished viewers to work together with the picture and look into their lives.” Initially, he received six entries from Goa and later, from Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Odisha, and later from London and New York, too.


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Out of all of the submissions, Kedar made 35 drawings, uploaded them on his Fb and Instagram accounts and likewise tagged the people who despatched him.

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For Bengaluru-based Raj Naik, ‘Lonely Resident # 5’, the lockdown expertise was ‘bitter’. Kedar’s sketch exhibits a grim-faced man standing close to his pc desk at dwelling; The entrance door is open with a pair of slippers close to the door.

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Raj had travelled to South Africa for work and returned to India simply two days earlier than the Indian authorities banned worldwide flights. He needed to quarantine himself in his condominium whereas his spouse and a three-year-old daughter stayed at a relative’s place. Says Kedar, “The quarantine interval was an actual fear for him. He hid from neighbours in order that they didn’t panic, however his spouse instructed him that everybody within the neighbourhood was speaking about how somebody is quarantined in Home No. 207 and that they need to avoid him. His neighbour on the bottom ground shifted to a different place. So Raj couldn’t sleep properly through the preliminary days, particularly after watching movies of people dying because of COVID-19. Solely his workplace work saved him engaged and calls from family and friends members eased his fear.”

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Kedar hopes to color the drawings and exhibit them at a gallery.