Makers Who Make any difference
Taking ahead the legacy of Bengal’s crafts, artist Sharmila Sen provides performs which have stories to inform
Artist Sharmila Sen is usually looking out for tales that she will visualise in color and depict through conventional craft - on masks and conch shells, desk mats and lamps. “I have constantly been
fascinated via the a variety of varieties of art and handicraft of rural Bengal. I want to familiarise people today using these area of interest crafts, revive and restore them,” suggests Kolkata-based Sen.
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She is functioning to this purpose for additional than a ten years. Supplying glimpses into her efforts would be the showcase “Art past Tradition” at India Habitat Centre, Delhi. Whilst Sen has lamps painted by
artisans and complicated dhokra goods, dominating the display screen are teak wood masks from Dinajpur (priced Rs 1,two hundred upwards). Aside from the more acquainted deities, like Ganesha, Shiva and Durga, we also
see tribal warriors and tribal dancers. “At one particular time these masks have been worn all through classic Gambhira dance but now it is exceptional to uncover them,” says Sen, who commissioned an artisan Sankar Das in Dinajpur.
“He is the very best craftsman in wooden carving that i have at any time viewed.”
The greater elaborate masks convey to mythological stories - if there are episodes from Bhishma’s everyday living in one, in another mask painted with vegetable dyes, Sen has Durga with Shiva and their little ones, Lakshmi,
Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya and their vahanas. Sen would sketch the episodes and worked carefully with Das to style and design the ultimate item. A different wall is devoted to Kalighat and Bangla pattachitra
paintings (priced Rs one,700 upwards). “Kalighat pattachitra will before long turn out to be extinct, you will find rarely any practitioners now. I also have two pattachitra paintings that happen to be a lot more than a century old,” states
Sen, who presently performs with thirteen artisans from 5 districts in Bengal.
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Hoping the classic wares achieve the mass market place, Sen also has ornamental hand-painted knickknacks that come with plates, jugs, hand fans and spatulas. “I hope to work with artisans from a lot more districts
in long term,” suggests Sen, as she turns to your curious buyer to go to to his question. “I like to convey to individuals whatever they are buying, that is how more and more people will turn into conscious. They are heritage.” KO Lap kwong David
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Getting forward the legacy of Bengal’s
Getting forward the legacy of Bengal’s crafts
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