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Freedom of Expression

It's a walk in the woods,into the sunset,with landscape painter Paramjit Singh.

Written by Parul |
March 30, 2009 3:17:44 am

It’s a brush with art,as Paramjit Singh urges 15 artists from the city to paint sans any inhibitions,play on the canvas & in the process explore themselves

It’s a walk in the woods,into the sunset,with landscape painter Paramjit Singh. Flaming orange lights up the bare canvas and with quick,effortless strokes,sans consciousness,he brings black into the picture,creating a canopy of trees and you’re transported into the woods. As the canvas waits,Paramjit whose landscapes,with their loaded silence evocative of the other world,have became over the years,a distinct mystical utterance in pictorial terms,moves to another one and it’s back to nature and its innumerable shades of white,green,black and red. Fifteen other artists from the city,watch the captivating and fascinating process,as they create their own works at the art gallery of the Museum. Paramjit Singh is here for a four-day art workshop organized by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi,as part of the ongoing Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival. Inaugurated on Sunday by BN Goswami,the endeavour,explains Diwan Manna,is to provide an opportunity to citizens to have a first-hand experience of how a work of art takes shape and an occasion to interact with the artists,while at work. “This workshop should provide an opportunity to artists to be more experimental and to think liberally,an excuse to try and walk uncharted paths,’’ adds Manna.

Paramjit puts the value of the workshop into perspective,describing it as a chance for artist to explore themselves in the company of art. “This is not an art class and I’m not a teacher. The freedom of expression is the essence and my fellow artists should paint with honesty,without inhibition and be completely natural,’’ being open to criticism,praise,suggestions is valuable. Art believes the painter,who expresses the esoteric in his landscapes,has no end point or final destination. The pursuit to reach the unknown,smiles Singh inspires him,and it’s a life-long one,so humility and being natural are integral to the process. And is there a concrete thought before he approaches the canvas? “The essence is there in the mind,but there is no form. For instance,here the idea is a walk in the woods,which I am doing on two horizontal canvases simultaneously,but this is not literal,for the form is not pre-decided,’’ Paramjit works in oil and says his leaning towards nature comes from where he grew up. The principle of life for any artist,adds the painter is to be true to oneself and have no ego,subtly directing,reading and listening to your canvas and develop a language that expresses the inner self and in turn,an individual vocabulary of art…

Stage is set
As part of the ongoing Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival,Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry will conduct a theatre workshop on March 31 at Tagore Theatre. The interaction is only open to actors and artists from the city,who have registered their participation. This is not a performance-oriented event,but a private,intimate workshop,where certain exercises and improvisations will be done during the course of the day. The number is limited to 20 participants and is an attempt to make the actors dip into a fresh approach towards their art.

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