Soch + Alaya, soch means thought, alaya means abode….so an abode of thoughts. At the same time Sochalaya also stands for toilet, another place where ideas and thoughts are born.

As an observer one can choose to cut off from the external surrounding and move into a space within oneself. There the reality has abstract limits . Or they can choose to cut off from themselves and move into the external reality where there are psychological boundaries. Between the two realities exists a space where there are no limits or boundaries, one can enter this knowingly or unknowingly . I call this sentient space as sochalaya. One always has the choice of witnessing, questioning and channelling, all we need to do is to take the step.Does not matter who you are, “ wise or otherwise.”

As we grew up we all have experienced this space, where we are physically sitting with our eyes open and staring at something or someone, but mentally we are somewhere else in some other reality/ world/ universe. Yes! that is sochalaya, our very own abode of thoughts that we have always been visiting since the day we opened our eyes. As a baby, as an adolescent, as an adult we have been and will forever be with our alive and spirited space sochalaya, that which is not.

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Mukundoom: Social artist and Bio architect, India

Travelling has been my passion for ever, travelling brings me to the doorsteps of many known and unknown wise beings. I sketch in their presence as they talk, dance, sleep,eat, cook etc. Sochalaya represents a space where both my personal and environment’s energy is translated into art.

When I start sketching I always start with a circle, a circle which symbolises completeness and stability. There onwards I let the energy flow through me as it wishes, a stroke of freedom which comes out in the form of black and white lines. Sometimes a touch of colour, sometimes the touch of words and sometimes ….

This is a stage of life where my awareness is taking me on a spiritual path and the connection between this spiritual and the real world are my sketches. Expression is all about freedom, I want to achieve inner peace through sketching and my sub conscious mind is my tool.

Creating lines, which question the society, sometimes asking questions about existence and life, but mostly expressing the freedom and love that my inner child wants to receive and give back to this universe. I believe my sketches help in grounding people into the moment and rekindling their inner child.

Our body is capable of opening energy paths and to connect our inner conscience with the cosmos. Music,dance, architecture and art are all capable of aiding this union. I believe that my art is surreal and creates optical illusions. They encourage the “ unmanifested “ energy in the viewer to become one with the manifested cosmos in many different ways .It begins with the viewer asking questions related to the art and seeking for answers from within. I call myself a social artist.

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