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Debajyoti Mishra turns painter

‘Hey... this is so splendid!” exclaimed classical vocalist Shubha Mudgal, as she stepped into the Bengal Gallery, ICCR, on Friday evening to inaugurate Rhythm & Colour, an art exhibition that revealed the painter in composer Debajyoti Mishra.

Debajyoti with Shubha Mudgal at his art exhibition

“I have been doodling on my score-sheets while composing music for long but never thought of transporting them to the canvas. It was Jyotirmoy (Bhattacharya, curator of the exhibition) who noticed my sketches while I was making music for an art installation in south India two years ago and suggested that I paint them on canvas,” said Debajyoti.

For the 80-odd pieces on display at ICCR till December 11 (11am to 7pm), he has used digital ink, acrylic, pastel and pen-and-ink.

“My artist friends such as Jogen Chowdhury and Mehtab, and my wife Jonaki, helped and motivated me on this journey,” added Debajyoti.

Influenced by Rabindranath Tagore, his works draw upon music, moments and musings to create vibrant frames, ranging from father-son relationship to Partition, Bismillah Khan to bathing beauties.

“Debajyoti’s paintings possess a rhythmic pattern, a certain musical quality. Like music, they bridge the gap between the finite and the infinite,” observed painter Jogen Chowdhury.

The evening wrapped up with Shubha Mudgal singing Piya tora kaisa abhimaan from Rituparno Ghosh’s Raincoat (on which she and Debajyoti had worked together) and an Urdu version of Tagore’s Bhalobeshe sakhi.

“If you want to know what the colour of music is, take a look at Debuda’s paintings. They are fantastic!” said curator Jyotirmoy.