Land art festival highlights farmers plight through crop coffins

NAGPUR: About 50 students, farmers, artists and visitors lie daily on coffins that have been grown using mustard crops and leafy vegetables at a farm in Paradsinga. The participatory mass performance symbolizes ‘death of profession’ of farmers who lost their agricultural lands for the ‘special economic zones’.

The village, which is about 60 kilometres away from Nagpur, is hosting the country’s first Land Art Festival. Started a week back, the festival ‘Gram Dhara Chitra Utsav’ is witnessing the participation of artists from all over the country, who are adopting unique ways to highlight contemporary farming issues.