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From myraid hues of Himalayas to the depiction of simple people in different settings, a beautiful amalgamation of human and nature is reflected through several paintings and bronze sculptures at the ‘Swell’ exhibition in Mumbai. Artist Chandranath Das showcased his 26 paintings based on the theme of Himalayas at the six-day exhibition which concluded on Saturday, where sculptor Somnath Chakraborty also presented his 25 bronze sculptures depicting social life and nature.
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“My work presents the nature of humans,” Chakraborty told media while pointing towards one of his favourite works titled ‘Jalkechal’ depicting tribal women returning home with pitchers on their heads.
“I’m working with tribals at Ghatshila in Jharkhand, that’s why this sculpture is close to my heart,” said the artist who got his degree in Fine Arts from Government College of Art, Kolkata.
His works like ‘Frugal’ which shows a man making calculations while going to market to buy something, or ‘Childhood’ which portrays three children trying to catch a kite reflect the innocence of human life exude simplicity.
While the relationship of a mother and her child is a common theme, the sculptor from Kolkata put up a unique work showing the affection between a father and child in the sculpture titled ‘Oh My Son’. Chakraborty and Das said their works were a result of creativity in last one year.
A woman in bronze titled ‘She’ graciously brings to life the fashion parade, as if all set for the ramp, while through ‘Livelihood’ the sculptor tries to present the “monumentality” of a fisherman pulling his net from a water body.
Amid the serenity of Chakraborty’s sculptures, Das’s strokes in bright colours light up the exhibition hall with red, blue and yellow hues dominating his works.
Asked why he showcases Himalayas in all his works, Das, the curator of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, said, “When I get up from my bed in the morning and open the curtains, from then till going to bed again in the night, I see the Himalayan range (Kanchenjunga) from my window. I like Himalayan culture, colourful things, all subjects related to the Himalayas.”
His favourite work ‘Romantic Himalaya’ reveals the influence of the beauty and grandeur of Himalayas on him. While the colour red is prominent in most of his works, the shades of blue denoting the earth, nature and sky and yellow add vibrancy to the paintings.