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”

A Sketching Trip to Beautiful and Resplendent Mayurbhanj






Shimilipal tiger reserve in Mayurbhanj district of north Odisha had been in my bucket list for quiet a long time. But somehow luck had never been on my side and I could never make a pilgrimage to the tiger temple of Odisha. But then I had my ‘Oh Yes Finally’ moment in November this year. And it was not just a trip to Shimilpal. It was a sketching trip to the tribal hinterlands of northern Odisha. I was going to be painting in Mayurbhanj en plein air. And the icing on cake was that I made this trip with a … Continue reading “A Sketching Trip to Beautiful and Resplendent Mayurbhanj”

Upcoming Watercolor Workshop at Bangalore






After a long gap of five years I’ll be back in Bangalore to conduct my latest watercolor workshop titled “Decoding Watercolor”. To say that I am excited will be an understatement. Click here to register for the workshop First of all Bangalore is an art loving city. People from every age category and all walks life appreciate art. In fact many of them practice art quite regularly. I have always had a full house every time I have conducted a workshop there. And I am hoping this time too it will be just like old times. The second reason why … Continue reading “Upcoming Watercolor Workshop at Bangalore”

Updates on IIT KGP En Plein Air Project






On 21st July 2017 when I set out to IIT Kharagpur for En Plein Air project I realized was not travelling alone. I was travelling with the wishes as well as expectations of a large community of IIT-KGPians. There were different facets of KGP life that each of them wanted to see through my paintings. I must admit it did make me little nervous. The other realization was, I was not going there just for IIT-KGP En Plein Air project. There were a few of my contemporaries who wanted to relive their KGP times through me. And I have been unfair to … Continue reading “Updates on IIT KGP En Plein Air Project”

The Creative Process – Painting Outdoors






“Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” -Cezanne The sparkling morning dew on the grass that’s still refreshingly damp to touch. The whispering wind that caresses, carrying on with it the faint whiff of wildflowers and the sounds of roosting birds. The rains that darken the sky, mist the horizon and tap a melody over rustling leaves. This is what the artist is faced with when painting en plein air – where all his senses of sight, smell, sound and touch are continuously engaged, where he is in direct contact with nature’s life force. … Continue reading “The Creative Process – Painting Outdoors”