An inspiring alternative space for today’s youth


The most talked about event by the young artists from Delhi, “Curves & Shades”, was held at the State Art Gallery recently and the same is also creating quite a buzz in concerned circles. Held from May 29 to June 3 last, the event has been able to attract a lot of attention from both artistes and patrons alike. It is a platform that India Today quoted as being a “stroke of inspiration” for young budding talents and since then it has been a “runaway hit” (as reported by IANS). This amazing alternative space for encouragement to young artists from different fields of art form is in fact a innovation of Ranjan Engti, a popular Karbi artist from Karbi Anglong.

“Curves & Shades was conceived as an annual event in 2004 to highlight and endorse the creative aptitude of youngsters in the field of painting and photography from the North-east so that youth from diverse fields can come together to represent artworks depicting people, life, culture and nature. These art forms manifest themselves through the works of artists and photographers from each State of the Northeast. This year’s editions of Curves & Shades will tour all the eight northeastern States, exploring and providing a new platform to budding and new talents from various parts of the region.” says Ranjan Engti, the chief coordinator of the event.

A lot can be depicted through a few sketches of the brush; a framed photograph or a mud sculpted art form. Event coordinator Jinki Saikia say that Curves & Shades is a conglomerated platform where talents from different spheres of the Northeast, as well as India, can come together to portray artworks depicting people, life, culture and nature. The motivating crux for Curves & Shades is the need to preserve and depict the cultural traditions of the diverse Northeast region of India through multiple folds of aestheticism, she added.

Since 2004, Curves and Shades has successfully organized a number of events, which included painting and photography exhibitions in various stages of Delhi, as well as Karnataka Bhavan and Karbi Anglong in Assam. One of their major achievements was the successful screening of certain epics in the world of Assamese celluloid in several places of Delhi. For instance, Joymoti was screened at Spic Macay Hall in New Delhi on 2008, while Hastir Kainya and Aaideu were screened at the same venue in January last year.

This year’s episode of Curves & Shades featured three artists and three photographers. Along with Ranjan Engti, internationally renowned Karbi artist Augustine Rongpi also showcased their paintings. Rongpi has been successfully exhibiting his works in France for the last five years. Writer and poet Jinny Barman also displayed her colourful works which are inspired by nature and a positive attitude. Shutterbugs like Dhritiman Deori, a talented music composer from Guwahati and Pankaj J Dutta, a product of Sari Academy of Professional Photography, in Mumbai also participated in the event. Photographer and digital artist Sishir Basumatary also showcased his works this year. Jinki adds, “Bajok Doba – an upcoming album by Trideev Bora and Priyanka Bharali, two singers from Guwahati, is one of our discovery and we are providing them the stage to do well in their field.”

Ranjan believes that only creativity amongst the youth of the region can herald peace in the region. In his words, “Curves & Shades is committed towards encouraging and ensuring the involvement of our youth in achieving these objectives. We firmly believe that only creativity and the highest stakeholder of youth in it will lead to peace in the trouble torn areas.”

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Posted on June 16, 2010, in Concerts/ Reviews, Day-to-Day and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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