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How the epics come alive with ‘Faces’


‘Faces – A Race From Epic’ by artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya is underway at Bengaluru’s Gallery Time and Area

‘Faces – A Race From Epic’ by artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya is underway at Bengaluru’s Gallery Time and Area

Grandparents are the world’s greatest storytellers and the tales they inform go away a long-lasting affect. The identical holds true for artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya who says it was his grandmother’s tales, which acquired him hooked to the epics. “After I was a bit older, I learn the works of the well-known Bengali author, Rajsekhar Basu, on the Mahabharata and it left a long-lasting impression,” says Shuvaprasanna.

Artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya
| Picture Credit score: Particular Association

Shuvaprasanna says as an artist he has depicted ideas reminiscent of time, phantasm, metropolises, deities and extra, however throughout the lockdown he had the time to work one thing extra formidable. “I made a decision to do a big canvas centered across the Mahabharata,” he says, including that he ended up creating 25 canvases, six-by-four ft every, on completely different characters from the epic, which have been first exhibited in his house city of Kolkata in February this 12 months.

Elaborating on the theme of this assortment, Shuvaprasanna says he was intrigued with the traits an individual’s face depicted. “Our faces put on completely different feelings — jealousy, revenge, anger and lust in addition to sacrifice, abstinence, braveness and chivalry; they manifest in society as a common and an everlasting downside.”

“Holding this in thoughts, I began creating completely different faces. In my work, I’ve used completely different colors and textures to painting the expressions of Shakuntala, Gandhari, Karna, Arjuna and others. Each character is completely different, however by some means fairly up to date too,” says Shuvaprasanna, including that he drew from the descriptions within the Mahabharata to seize their mien. “The epics not solely go into element about every persona, but in addition recount their names and meanings. As an illustration, why is Ghatotkacha (the son of Bhima and Hidimbi) known as so? The nomenclature is well-chronicled within the sacred texts. Their descriptions are there; I visualise and attract my very own method.”

Arjuna by artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya

Arjuna by artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya
| Picture Credit score: Particular Association

Speaking about his visible presentation of every character, he says the character of Karna displays twin personas — jealousy and revenge versus love and loyalty. He says this assortment is his try and ‘current this wondrous panorama of characters; largely in vibrant colors, however few in black.’

‘Faces – A Race From Epic’ includes 30 combined media canvases, together with rice paper and charcoal drawings, and can be on show at Gallery Time and Area, Bengaluru until April 30. They can be seen at https://www.gallerytimeandspace.in/artist/shuvaprasanna-bhattacharya/



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