Anyone who has read The History of Indian Acting is certainly familiar with the name Fakir Mohan Sen, but there aren’t many who know his secret. Fakir Mohan Sen had an abscess on the sole of his right foot. He had it since when as a child he lost his parents. Fakir Mohan Sen succeeded to keep a smiling face although at each step he was aching. And in time he became an actor, not the kind of actor who plays the main role, no. He became the one who amuses the audience between acts. He painted his face in black and white stripes, expressing a unique pattern of emotion. People loved his acting and couldn’t help laughing. And yet very few ever knew his secret. Simone Rea has illustrated this story creating a metaphorical world using the expressions of the face of Fakir Mohan Sen, the images of delicate flowers carried by the wind, a few balloons and a scorpion.


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