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CIMA Gallary

Where art tells many a tale

CIMA Art Mela, a three-day celebration of art therapy-meets-retail therapy, ends today. With prices starting at Rs 500 and going up to Rs 25,000, this is one place where almost anything that catches your eye has a good chance of fitting your pocket too!

On Friday morning, the buzzing gallery at Sunny Towers was the destination of Victor Banerjee.

“What do I say? Art speaks for itself,” smiled the actor and art connoisseur, peering at some watercolours. “I haven’t really come with any particular agenda. I’m here to take it in and enjoy myself.” A leisurely stroll around the displays later, Victor was as impressed with the “obvious, serious and sensational” revival of art in Calcutta as the “unending enthusiasm of Calcuttans to browse, buy and even patiently stand in queue” to get a slice of CIMA Art Mela.

Open from 11am to 8pm, CIMA Art Mela is offering paintings, sculptures, graphics, oleographs and prints. Speaking about the artworks on offer, Victor said: “Not only is the taste Catholic, the artists here have an abandon and rarity of expression that is extremely refreshing. Bottom line? There still are far too many talented people in Calcutta. I wish them all the best.”

Saturday afternoon saw Sujoy Ghosh dropping into CIMA for a look and feel of the Art Mela. “I have always been fascinated by art. My love for art brews from jealousy, of course… we can’t, they can!” announced the Kahaani maker.

“Also, paintings and photographs are a great guide for me the film-maker before I set out capturing a city. Like Kahaani’s colour palette was entirely based on Gaganendranath Tagore’s Pratima Visarjan. Some of the film’s shots were inspired by Nemai Ghosh’s photographs.... So I love being surrounded by art and something like CIMA Art Mela is a great place to come and spend time in..... So many stories being told here on every canvas… love it!”

The clincher? “There’s one on me as well” — picking up one of Sumantra Mukherjee’s monkeys (right) — “Don’t I look like him?!”

For more on Victor and Sujoy at CIMA Art Mela, watch out for t2 on Tuesday