"Lost is the passage of sound in my jungle. Today the burnt bamboos have scratched the heart of silent sky, and greens sucked in elephant jugs. White tusks daggered inside the stomach of black mountain. They say: for seven days the passage of sound was lost." (R. Bartholomew and S. Kapur, Husain, New York, 1971, unpaginated).
Maqbool Fida Husain imbues this painting of a family of three elephants with the warmth and energy which he came to associate with the Keralan landscape following his visits there in the 1960s. "On Kerala's sands and in its elephant-inhabited jungle and among its people Husain heard a cry." (R. Bartholomew and S. Kapur, Husain, New York, 1971, p. 55) Husain uses gestural brushstrokes and warm almost fauvist use of color to portray this tender family portrait. This painting presents three embracing elephants as they revel in a pure and primal playfulness surrounded by the atmospheric dense green jungle.