by Rahul Kumar
In the first week of December in 2013 I got connected to Monica Narula by my Program Manager at the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). I had received a grant in support of my large-scale ceramic installation and Raqs Media Collective was being supported for its iconic Sarai-Reader project. Both Monica and I were on the same flight from Delhi for IFA’s induction programme in Bengaluru. I was at the boarding gate well ahead of time and Monica, like a seasoned traveller, walked in just in time! I distinctly recall telling her that I was still clueless about their practice, even after a lengthy in-flight conversation about it! But I confess, my admiration grew for the conceptual work Raqs was engaged in. So much so, that exactly one year later I co-created a work titled Metamorphosis of Yaksha and Yakshi, that was part of the first major exhibition of Raqs in India, Untimely Calendar, hosted by the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA, New Delhi) in December 2014.