Kanu Patel gives final touches to his painting in Ranchi on Sunday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Colours won hearts at Hotel Ranchi Ashok during an art camp. One of them belonged to a Union minister.
Palash-2012, a three-day camp organised by the Chotanagpur Art Research Development Society (Cards), wound up on Sunday with a special guest, Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, dropping in on the last afternoon to take a look at various thoughts that had been expressed on the canvas.
The artists, most of who did not know that the minister was present in town or would drop in at the venue, were more than pleased to showcase their works to Ramesh, who appeared curious about the art forms.
So, from the casual — like the brand of colours used in a painting — to the complex — utility of the abstract art form — the minister’s questions were all answered by the artists.
Later, some participants said the main idea of holding the event was to give them a platform to connect and interact, not only with fellow artists, but also with visitors.
Sources also said that though three days was too short a time for the artists to finish any work of merit, most of them put in their best and won applause from the visitors who loved each of them.
As acrylic paint is known to dry soon, most artists at the camp preferred to use it to give vent to their imagination on the canvas.
And the themes were varied.
While Kanu Patel from Gujarat worked an abstract piece, depicting the destruction of forest to meet the demand of the paper industry, Delhi-based Awani Kant Deo painted a lady with a peacock using various shades of blue to portray a sense of longing.
“The subject haunts me and I am working on a series of paintings on the theme,” Patel told The Telegraph.
V. Nagdas of Chhattisgarh worked on an abstract figurative study while Amitabha Bhattarcharya from Shantiniketan did a collage.
A number of Cards members, including renowned artist Vinod Ranjan, were also part of the art camp.