An artist gives finishing touches at the art camp in Ranchi on Saturday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Ranchi, Feb. 19: At a time when the 34th National Games is drawing the eyeballs, the artists of the state are trying to depict the proceedings on field with the help of art.
A four-day camp for artists’ that is being organised by the state’s art and culture department and has been a long-standing demand and aspiration of the local artists was inaugurated here today.
The camp, which currently has 25 artists participating in it, including five from outside the state, is also set to have a gallery showcasing the works of contemporary artists of the state soon.
“We have been asked to give two paintings each for the proposed art gallery,” said Himadri Ramani, a local artist. Md Sarfuddin, the curator of the state museum confirmed Ramani’s statement. He added that an artist would be contacted if a prospective buyer showed interest in their work.
And the artists’ at the camp drawing inspiration from the ongoing sporting events, has certainly given the organisers ample reasons to be happy, if not proud.
The case of Suman Toppo, an artist trained at BHU, is an example.
Toppo, in the hope that the state bags more gold medals before the end of the Games, is working on a multi-coloured collage like composition depicting sports persons from various events like swimming, athletics and hockey, in action.
Another local artist Tarak Shankar Das, however, is working on an altogether different track. His work of a determined runner approaching the sun, is a depiction of the undying hunger of a sports person to succeed.
While most of the art works being created are influenced by sports, few artists have decided have delved into mythology for inspiration.
Raghunath Sahu from Orissa, is giving life to a child, symbolising lord Krishna, who is seen protecting nature on his canvas.
But the most impressive theme being pursued was by Poonam Kishore, who is working on Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s work Madhushala.
“I had approached Amitabh Bachchan for his opinion on my work,” Poonam said.