Artists at the camp at Tagore Hill in Ranchi on Tuesday. Pictures by Prashant Mitra
Ranchi’s Tagore Hill on Tuesday was abuzz with painters gathered to observe the centenary year of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel winning feat as well as to pay tribute to the poet’s elder brother, Jyotirindranath, on his 88th death anniversary.
As many as 18 artists from across the state took part in a three-day art camp — Spring 2013.
Organised by members of the Society for Preservation of Tribal Art and Natural Beauty (SPTN), the camp kicked off on Monday.
Most participants hailed from Ranchi, except Badal Pramanik and Brindaban Debnath, who came all the way from Jamshedpur.
While Pramanik, who created a detailed illustration on his canvas, attracted a huge crowd, Debnath chose a more abstract theme with nature as its background to express his thoughts.
Among the senior artists from Ranchi, Vinod Ranjan was seen working on a landscape and had plans to sketch a portrait of Tagore.
Praveen Karmakar, also from the capital, was one of the few painters who opted for a colourful portrayal.
However, the one who caught the attention of all was Suprateek Das — a fifth-grader from Ranchi. With measured palette and unique colour combination, Suprateek drew a landscape that left many speechless.
“I liked the work of Pramanik, Brindaban and Praveen. However, Suprateek’s work fascinated me,” said Manoj Sinha, a visitor.
“This is the third time that we are organising this camp,” said SPTM president Ajay Kumar Jain.
Asked about the poor participation, the organisers said, “We have been hosting this camp since 2011 with limited resources. Barring CCL, no other organisation came forward to help us.”