The canvas and the celluloid are coming together to raise a toast to the “suhana safar” of Indian cinema.
As many as 22 contemporary visual artists from across the state will tell the journey of Indian cinema over the past 100 years through their works at an art camp in Ranchi from September 12 to 15.
The camp will be a part of a film festival, Suhana Safar, which the capital is gearing up to host during the same period to mark the centenary of Indian celluloid.
While the art camp will be hosted at Ranchi Club, the films will be screened at Sujata cinema.
The paintings, which will be displayed at the art camp, will pay a tribute to film-makers over the ages — right from Dadasaheb Phalke of the silent era to Mahesh Bhatt of the current digitised age — besides the transition from black-and-white cinema to the advent of sound, music, colour and of course, glamour.
Dinesh Singh, a well-known Ranchi-based artist and member of Chotanagpur Art Research and Development Society (CARD), said the art camp was being organised by the state government’s public relations department.
“The artists will assemble from Ranchi, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur. Each of them is supposed to create one painting on the theme ‘100 years of Indian cinema’. The paintings will be later handed over to the PRD department,” Singh added. He also feels that the occasion will provide an opportunity to movie-goers to not only catch some great works of legendary film-makers, but also view the entire scenario from the artists’ eyes. “They can interact and discuss their art works,” he said.
Some of those who will be participating at the art camp are Haren Thakur, Vinod Ranjan, Manoj Kumar Sinha, Sapna Das, Ujjwal Ghosh and Umesh Mehta.
Ranjan told The Telegraph that he was planning to depict the changes that Indian cinema had undergone in 100 years and their effect on the masses.
“My work will focus on the relevant changes that have taken place from the silent revolution and that era’s place in the context of sound technology used in modern cinema,” he said.
Thakur, one of the senior-most artists of the city, is planning to tell the story of how cinema has broken the conventional thoughts of society. “It will be a great experience to use our paint brush to throw light on the changes that have taken place and their portrayal in cinema,” he said.
He also suggested that the public relations department use the best paintings to make a calendar, which would be the best gift for the artists whose work would then reach a larger number of people.