‘Dhooli’: Art Installation with Sound, August 2009

Dhooli, (Cradle), is a visual and aural work of art that is intended to be a political statement by the artist. In this modern contemporary world of ours, children are increasingly at risk from poverty, disease, abuse and war. At an age when they need to be comforted and protected, babies and children are increasingly being used as human shields or scapegoats by the same people who are supposed to be protecting them. Dhooli consists of 10 colourful saris[1] hung from the ceiling at varying heights. The colourful saris represent the celebration of birth and the ensuing feelings of happiness, comfort and protection. One black sari hangs amidst the colourful ones representing death and the increasingly dangerous world that babies are born in today. This sense of duality is emphasised in the accompanying sounds of lullabies and mourning songs that are played in the same space.

Dhooli also reflects the multi-cultural elements of the city of Luton by the colourful use of fabric familiar to Caribbean, African and Asian communities that call Luton their home.
[1] A sari or saree or shari is a female garment in the Indian Subcontinent.[1] A sari is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine metres in length that is draped over the body in various styles.


1. Bombay Jayshree, Vatsalyam (Mannupugazh), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgJeI5wj-Xw

2. Ghada Shbeir, Aramaic lullaby, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4536l4Y4VY

3. Marta Sebestyen: Szerelem szerelem, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WYVr-qdAXU

4. Lena chamamyam, Da3ouni ajoudou, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffb6JUsAmB8

5. 300 Movie - The Death of Leonidas and Unique Bulgarian Song, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PP-c_-lxu