Artists in North East remember MF Hussain’s contributions

NE Master and Young Artist camp merges maturity with youthful creativity

The experienced maturity of the veterans and the brimming creativity and energy of the amateurs resulted in a heady concoction in the inaugural camp of the North East India Master and Young Artist Camp. [/caption] The camp, which was organized by the Mix-Media Foundation of Manipur with the support of NEZCC, Ministry of Culture, Dimapur, provided the perfect platform for new artistes of the region to interact with other artistes, as also for the experienced artistes to guide the amateurs with the tricks they picked up along their artistic journey.

The North East India Master and Young Artist Camp was held at Shilpgram from June 6 to 11 last and the same saw the participation of around 26 artistes from the Northeast and four from other parts of the mainland. Coordinated by Sanajaoba Temsuba from Manipur, the camp was inaugurated by senior Assamese artist Noni Borpujari.
“Barring Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, we have representatives from all the States of the Northeast, as well as four artists from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh,” said Sanajaoba, who has made a mark for himself through his work with waste installation whereby he uses materials disposed from households to create symmetrically balanced and visually appealing art works.

So while Rabiram Brahma was seen practicing his “wood-burn” brand of art, Debananda Ulup was working on his new series of three-dimensional objects, enabling the young artistes who had assembled in the camp to see how one can play with objects and colours to give impression to hopes, expectations and wishes.
A post-graduate degree holder from the MS University of Baroda, Brahma runs an artist village in his native town of Udalguri. Besides filling a vital gap in the folk-cultural mileu, the need for fostering unity among the cast Assamese and Bodo communities is reflected in his works, which lays bare the recurrent ethnic conflicts between these two groups of people. Vijay Thulung from Sikkim and Buddhi Thapa who is now based in Kohima were also present in the six day camp.

rabiram brahma

For Gautam Noarem, a student of the fine arts department of Assam University in Silchar, the camp provided the perfect opportunity to interact with other artistes of the region. “The camp has been an enlightening experience. While we tend to work on our ideas in our own individual styles, this kind of networking provides us the opportunity to know what others are doing, their treatment of similar ideas and also to exchange thoughts.”

Bursting with life and colours, the artistes were all seen exchanging ideas and techniques with their fellow participants. Alpana Phukan, who runs an art school in the city and whose works basically revolve around child issues, said, “I got to meet a few new artistes from the region and places like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, and pick up a few new techniques from them.” Meanwhile, Ratumoni Das, a physically challenged artist from Tezpur, was seen experimenting with monochromatic shades in a normal deviation from his multicolour works.
The sculptors, meanwhile, were also busy with their graphite stone sand sandstones. Umesh Nayak from Aligarh, who was creating a sculpture of the life cycle, said, “I prefer sandstone to graphite as it is much softer. The camp has been a revealing one as the tribal motifs and designs used by some of the new artists are very interesting.”

naorem gautam

The second day of the camp, however, saw a mild disruption on account of the death of arguably the best known Indian artist MF Hussain. Responsible for ushering in the wave of contemporary art in the country, Hussain had opened new doors of possibilities for artists of the country. Graphic artist Dilip Tamuly, whose work on Karbi folk culture has been displayed in an entire section in the Oslo museum of Norway and who had chanced upon the late artist from close quarters, said, “There is no doubt that Hussain had given a new voice to Indian art. It is true that he did indulge in a bit of marketing gimmickry at times but contemporary Indian art owes its resurgence only to him.” A special condolence meeting was held on the occasion where the voice of Rabiram echoed, “Hussain passed away today but he will continue to live through his work.”

The confluence of colours and cultures ended in a positive note with an exhibition of all the works produced in the camp followed by a valedictory function presided over by Dilip Tamuly. The art works produced during the camp are being displayed in a special pavilion at Shilpgram.


About Aiyushman Dutta

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Posted on July 1, 2011, in Concerts/ Reviews, Day-to-Day and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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