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In conversation with Suchit Sahni

art and culture Updated: Apr 22, 2010 20:21 IST
Titash Roy Choudhury
Titash Roy Choudhury
Hindustan Times
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Suchit SahniWhat: Art Exhibition by Suchit Sahni

Where: Open Palm Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre.

"Right from the very beginning of my life, I have been surrounded by many questions and thoughts and these thoughts and uncertainties have been captured on a 36X48 inch canvas," says Suchit Sahni. The paintings of young artist Suchit Sahni try to encapsulate the thought-process that goes on in his mind, his philosophy and his beliefs.

A follower of saint Kabir's philosophy of karma (hard work), Suchit has grown up under the tutelage of a spiritual master whose identity he is reluctant to share, and most of his works are an expression of his learning's. Rich, colourful and vibrant, they appeal to your visual sense the moment you enter the Open Palm Gallery of Indian Habitat Centre. The exhibition showcases all the paintings from his blog "In conversation with myself" and each artwork has been accompanied with a brief description.

Breaking the rules
Known for his eclectic colour scheme, strong lines and the prominent human figures, Sahni loves to break the rules. When asked why all his paintings have this human head as a background, Sahni says, "The human head is mine and the figures inside depicts the thoughts in my mind." Using basic human figures that denote the flow of energy in the Universe, Sahni has tried to communicate his ideas.

Colours play an integral part in his paintings and he believes that colours can have a strong psychological influence, catching your attention. Today, Sahni finds colours "missing in our society" and thus wants to bring back the magic and dynamism of colours and pour it in our lives. However, he doesn't consciously follow any colour pattern; he loves to play with colours.

One of the young proponents of the genre of contemporary art in India, Sahni is very much against the westernized school of thought that influences most of the contemporary art forms today. He looks back to the classical Indian art like Raja Ravi Verma and tries to incorporate that essence in his paintings. For him, "art should be for both the common man and the intellectuals" and his paintings are a clear example of it. Self-descriptive and communicative, the paintings are simple in form but complex in its thought and this is the very crux of Sahni's artworks.

His exhibition will go on till 23rd April, Friday at the Open Palm Gallery of the Indian Habitat Centre from 11am to 7pm.