IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter VI

The Insignificant One 29 July 2017, Day 6 of the shoot When sun comes out after continuous rains of almost a week, it really does look bright and glorious.  The light looks fresh and the greenery even fresher. Which is how it was today morning -the lush green Jnan Ghosh stadium washed in the ochre light of the sun was a stunner. And when nature is at its best you know who the only real artist is. Also read the Prologue , Chapter I , Chapter II, Chapter III, Chapter IV and  Chapter V of IITKGPEPA Diary! As I approached Jnan Ghosh stadium today … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter VI”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter V

Head or the Heart? 27 July 2017, Day 5 of the shoot Painting at night under outdoor lighting is an exercise in self belief. The outdoor light makes all colors look almost same. It is difficult to gauge even the tonality of the paint. In a nut shell, the visual feedback from the painting is almost gone. So you have to get a feel of how paint flows on paper and trust your instinct and go ahead with painting. Painting today evening at Vegies was no different. Also read the Prologue , Chapter I , Chapter II, Chapter III and Chapter IV of … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter V”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter IV

A long due wish fulfilled 26 July 2017, Day 4 of the shoot The Canteen at Nehru Museum, popularly known as “Kali Da’s”, was not on my list of places to paint; because it never existed twenty years earlier.  But when I happened to be there just five days earlier, I really did not have to think about it twice. I knew I had to paint this place. Also read the Prologue , Chapter I , Chapter II and Chapter III of IITKGPEPA Diary! Kali Da’s is that kind of a place that transports you back in time. It slows you down completely. … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter IV”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter III

Saying a Prayer 25 July 2017, Day 3 of the shoot It had been two days since our last shoot and the rain God has not been benevolent. To be fair, He had been kind for some time and we had shot at Harry’s yesterday under a light drizzle and fading light. But there was a goof up. The footage had gotten deleted by mistake. These were not good signs. Hence, I had prayed really hard this morning, and guess what -it was answered! Also read the Prologue , Chapter I and Chapter II of IITKGPEPA Diary! In the afternoon I saw sun’s … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter III”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter II

The Memory Remains 23 July 2017, Day 2 of the shoot As predicted by the weatherman, the rain continued to pour. But we had a plan in place. And that plan was to paint at Azad hall where we would be able to get some cover. But I was not really ready for the cover under which I finally painted today. (Please read the Prologue and Chapter I of IITKGPEPA Diary before continuing!) After a hearty breakfast at TGH I started off towards Azad hall with my umbrella. As I walked towards my hall of residence memories were starting to come … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter II”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter I

The story always begins here 22 July 2017, Day 1 of the shoot Today was the day when shooting for IITKGP En Plein Air project was planned to begin. And it did begin today, but not as planned. At least that’s what I thought. (Please read the Prologue to this story first!) The shoot was supposed to begin at Jnan Ghosh Stadium at 6:00 in the morning. With butterflies in my stomach, all I could do last night was to keep turning sides in bed. Trying to check the time every now and then also did not help my cause.  And … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter I”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Prologue

02 May 2017, Day of Trial Shoot “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” – The Alchemist May be this is really how it works after all! I can’t say for sure, and only time will tell;but till now there have been enough indications to prove it; and I am slowly turning into a believer. As a plein air painter and a KGPian, I have always wanted to come back and capture the different moods of our campus in real time on canvas. I probably started thinking about it more than seven … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Prologue”

On Education System in India

It is a well known fact that the current education system in India is a derivative of the education system put in place by the British during their rule. The system put in place by the British was mainly to reduce their administrative costs by producing low to mid level government officials. Unfortunately we still follow a similar style of education today. All it aims at doing is to produce job ready professionals. Below are a couple of the main features of the British education system that is prevalent even today. Our curriculum evaluates people on individual basis. There is … Continue reading “On Education System in India”

Why I Paint What I Paint (And Don’t Paint What I Don’t)

I Don’t Paint to Make a Political Statement No I don’t paint to address social issues. Neither do I paint to make a political statement. First of all I do not understand politics so well. All I understand is politics divides people. In today’s world of allegations, counter allegations, media choreographed events and heavily opinionated individuals I just don’t know what the truth is. Today someone makes me believe in something strongly, only to find out the very next day that it was all propaganda. With my limited knowledge about the world it also becomes extremely difficult to make a … Continue reading “Why I Paint What I Paint (And Don’t Paint What I Don’t)”

Watercolor Workshop for School Children at Ahmednagar

I have always conducted watercolor workshops for adults only. Well, there have been  young people in my workshops before. But never below the age of 15. I don’t believe in ‘teaching’ art to kids. I think when you teach art to children you take away their imagination and originality. So my workshop for children always has been more exploration and fun oriented. I don’t stick to a particular painting medium when conducting workshop for children. It more dynamic and fluid in terms of mediums. But in February this year, for the very first time I conducted a watercolor workshop for … Continue reading “Watercolor Workshop for School Children at Ahmednagar”