Painted Vessels

The beaches of Alang in Gujarat don't subscribe to the picture-perfect images of holiday postcards. Here, the sands are littered with ravaged ships, creating a mood of gloom. Located on the Gulf of Khambat, Alang's ship-breaking yards recycle half of all the ships from around the world. Two people from Goa, however, discovered that not everything should be destroyed and forgotten. Over eight years, Miriam Koshy, director of Panjim-based Gallery Gitanjali, and her father-in-law Ajit Sukhija collected treasures from the ships, ranging from crockery, furniture, linen, silver and, most importantly, a collection of artwork. These artefacts are now on display at the gallery under the title "Aegir's Treasures". "The works were made by Danish, Polish and Swedish artists from the '20s to the '80s. They turned up on our shores because ships from Denmark and Norway would end up at the Alang yards," says Koshy. The show will be inaugurated on December 17 by Norwegian Ambassador Eivind S Homme, and also include an installation, images and music curated by Astri Ghosh and Koshy. The exhibition can be viewed at

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