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"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination” said albert einstein. biswajit das unleashes his
INDIRA PARTHASARATHY | Issue Dated: February 5, 2012, New Delhi
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Bold brush strokes, emphatic expression, tactile energy and rich imagination lavished on canvas… Certainly no rookie painter’s, that. And indeed, Biswajit Das is not some newest kid in front of the easel. Having been commissioned by management guru Arindam Chaudhuri for a hundred paintings over a period of five years in a multi-million rupee deal, Biswajit and his art are none the worse for missing out on formal art education.

Painting since around the age when parents encourage doodling, hoping for their kid to ace biology/engineering diagrams later, Biswajit grew up in Bardhaman in rural Bengal, transferring scenes from nature and the local railway station and neighbourhood horse stables on to his drawing sheets. A great admirer of M F Husain, Biswajit’s favourite subject has been horses for the longest time. His first exhibition, Horsepower and Cosmic Relations, held in collaboration with brother-in-law Camellia Suman, struck success and the two continue to work together, including sharing the same studio.

Biswajit explains his fascination for horses thus: “My creations have been a function of circumstance; my early work – the horses, and the bold strokes and the lack of clear forms – reflects the frustration and wistfulness of the days when livelihood was a concern… Later, as things settled, and I moved to Delhi with a career, and my family joined me, spiritual leanings showed up. That’s how the Durga/Devi series happened.” Recently married Biswajit has now some naughty ideas, “but only for my personal collection!” he jokes.

Juggling his passion with a nine-to-five job as Chief Designer (publications), Biswajit paints late into the nights. His  social life may suck, but all-round appreciation for his work – and the sales – egg him on. With seven exhibitions behind him – one slated for the end of this year – the artist, who lists acrylic and dry pastels for his favourite media, looks forward to some constructive criticism of his work. There is certainly no dearth of praise coming his way. Biswajit’s proud guru and artist, Shyamal Baran Saha, says, “Like the quintessential artist, he’s dreamt a lot. He uses his brush to bleed out his emotions on the canvas. His form-enhancing colour contrast and good play on space is remarkable.” Filmmaker and patron of the arts, Professor Arindam Chaudhuri is of course quite bowled over, “I personally love renaissance paintings and don't understand much of modern art. But when I saw the colours and vibrancy of Biswajit’s paintings – though modern art – I felt like promoting his art. It’s a pleasure to commission his paintings.”

Content to be behind the scenes, Biswajit happily credits Camellia Suman with the promotion of their craft. Their innovative Durga Puja outing in 2010, when they set up an art gallery for ‘pandal’ and displayed Durga paintings in place of the traditional effigies, was quite popular and well-received.

There are millions of talented artists, but to get noticed is life-changing. Says Biswajit, “Passion is prime. I know many who graduated from arts college but forgot all about painting at the first signs of financial disturbances. Whatever I earn, I invest back in my art. It needs that kind of perseverance and patience.” With that earnestness, Biswajit sounds sure to go places. With flying colours, shall we add?

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017