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Coffee paintings speak for her

Hearing disability daunts Amita Datta to hear birds chirping at her farmhouse in Gurgaon, but she can easily listen to her creative voices, quite loud and clear. Vimal Chander Joshi reports.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2011 01:09 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Hearing disability daunts Amita Datta to hear birds chirping at her farmhouse in Gurgaon, but she can easily listen to her creative voices, quite loud and clear. Datta, 39, is a painter who uses coffee craft to showcase her creativity.

A small outhouse at her huge farmhouse doubles as her art gallery, where a range of paintings from a woman's portrait to a peacock, are decorated on the wall in a row.

What defines her work is the ‘coffee craft’ that she has been practising for the last two years. Her paintings are made on paper glued to a cardboard, on which coffee liquid is smeared. Then she uses different shades of liquid coffee to paint her thoughts. She also uses ceramic powder, hosiery, paper and other material to add to the sparkle. Glass and fabric colour further enhance the magic of coffee.

She says she is not a seasoned painter. But she underwent a two-year certificate course in art and craft. It was only then that she got fascinated by the coffee craft.

“The day she learned this craft, she got glued to it. Then she started practising only to relish it. And now she is painting full-time,” said her mother-in-law. She doesn’t own a gallery yet, so she displays her work at public exhibitions.

The last time she showcased her work was at Epicenter in December 2010. Datta got a lukewarm response, although the paintings were reasonably priced between Rs 800 and Rs 2,000 per piece.