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Chirag Bangdel 

When WOW posed a simple question to three prominent artists—why do you love art, they simply answered by unveiling their most loved painting. Visual artists— Kurchi Dasgupta, Chirag Bangdel and Pramila Bajracharya talks about their love for art.

Apart from being an artist, Bangdel is a well-known poet and an avid musician. He was highly influenced by his granduncle, the highly acclaimed artist Lain S. Bangdel. His interest in literature developed during in his school days in Darjeeling, India. He is now a prominent artists in the country.

How would you describe your artwork?

Picasso once said—“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” I believe the work of all artists is affected by the phases and situations that they go through, be it political, social or personal. There are a lot of times that I have felt the need to convey messages via my artwork. But again I have never been fond of artworks that are overburdened with forced intellect. My works have always been simple and minimal.

What piece of your artwork would you like to be remembered for?

Over the years, I have created hundreds (if not thousands) of paintings and other forms of artworks. It would be difficult for me to choose just one, but lately, my work has been all about celebrating love. I just completed some paintings for the India Art Fair scheduled in February. I am now working on a solo exhibition I hope to have in March. I have been working on a series of paintings which I call ‘Geet Govinda’, where I talk about the power and joy of love. The next series I am working is called ‘Season of Hope’, this is a series I have been creating since the earthquake, where I celebrate hope and aspirations. I believe that love is the only thing that will save humanity at the end of the day. Perhaps I would like to be remembered as an artist who promoted and celebrated love.

If you could work within a past art movement, which would it be?

It will have to be impressionism! Some of my favourite painters are from this era like Monet and Van Gogh. Their approach to art was so radical then and their sense of colours is extremely beautiful. How I wish I could have met them and painted together.

How would you define beauty?

Beauty cannot be defined. Beauty, like art, is beyond expressions. Beauty makes you feel things that can never be expressed in words. It is beyond the physical attributes. It is an amalgamation of a lot of wonderful elements that makes the audience or the admirer spell bound, excited and blissful.

Why do you love what you do?

If I am a little good at anything, it’s being creative. There’s no bigger joy for me than giving birth to a work of art. I also create joy in the process.

GEET GOVINDA

Since 2003, I along with a lot of artists in the country, have been depicting the violence that we have been facing since the days of insurgency. I have created a series of art works called ‘Experience Red’.

However, when I give it a deep thought, I feel if we start to reflect violence in our arts, I am afraid we will have nothing left. Also, among many other things, what I really want to become is a healer I want art to heal. I have come to realise that whatever progress we make, it’s only love that will save humanity at the end of the day. And that’s something that I want to depict in my paintings. One of my series that I have been working on for a long time is called ‘Geet Govinda’. Geet Govinda is a book of poems by the 12th-century poet Jayadeva. It celebrates the love of Lord Krishna and Radha. However, I just borrowed the title from the book. The paintings are a manifestation of my own imagination. I really love this painting, so I call it my masterpiece. But in days to come, I might paint something which will be closer to my heart.