Memory Markers

As a child,Samindranath Majumdar grew up in a Kolkata suburb,surrounded by greenery

Written by Pallavi Chattopadhyay | Published:August 15, 2013 1:34 am

As a child,Samindranath Majumdar grew up in a Kolkata suburb,surrounded by greenery. The scattered jute mills on his way to school cheered him while the decaying buildings and open ghats left a mark on his young mind. These experiences that were an integral part of his childhood have now resurfaced in his 40 paintings,which will be on display at Gallerie Ganesha from August 16.

The 47-year-old artist — whose grand-uncle was the renowned artist Hemendranath Mazumdar — says,“The exhibition is entirely about memory and history. Marks often define the markers in life. For instance,if someone has a scar on his body,he can recall several instances by simply looking at it,such as the moment when he had an accident. The reality of the scar is in the scar itself.”

Among the various paintings that will be on display is The Broken Wing,where the wing of an old aircraft lies on a wheat field. In A Missive to My Beloved,a letter appears flying out of a letterbox. “I try to imitate the process of memory while painting. I paint and then wipe it off and I continue the same process over and over again. The process becomes the narrator,just like old memories fade away and new ones are formed,” says the Kolkata-based artist.

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