Scotland to Shaniwar Peth
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Shaniwar Peth-based Su-Darshan art gallery’s
year-long efforts to take art to the people has
met with a people’s painter – and
an unabashedly political one at that.
first as the writer of a well-researched series
on the Naxalite movement in the magazine ‘Manoos’,
in the 80s, Chandrashekhar Purandare moved to
Scotland 10 years ago. Three years ago, he moved
to painting because he realised , ‘‘Language,
as a means of communication, is falling short.
It is creating more confusion than it is clarifying
work has been divided into political, semi-abstract
[political undercurrent] and literary portraits.
His portrait of Prince Myshkin from Dostoyevsky’s
The Idiot has been picked up by the UK author
Sarah Young for her book. One of his other portraits
has also been picked up for Pune author Makarand
Sathe’s new novel.
you' : An acrylic painting by Purandare
entire art, however, falls in the ‘Outsider
art’ category in the UK, and his presence
to considerable international acclaim, is largely
on the Net, since he ‘‘not in it
declares that 60 per cent of his paintings are
political . “They are a documentation of
social misery and investigation of the social
pathology behind the misery.”
quickly adds that he is not a trained artist
and instantly dismisses the traditional notions
of aesthetics. “ The idea of aesthetics
is defined by the upper classes of society, which
falls like nine-pins when faced with the realities
of war, disease, poverty and man-made disaster.” No
wonder subjects of his paintings are Iraq, Afghanistan,
Gujarat riots, Ethiopia.
speaks with the clarity and conviction you associate
with extinct leftist intellectuals of yore, though
he is loathe to be attached to any ‘ism’.
he be challenged for sitting in the lap of luxury
in Scotland and painting misery?
“Now that’s a fascist view. If I can be said to be in a privileged
position, it is all the more obligatory for me to talk to the West about its
indifference to the Rest of the World, and to the Indian upper class about its
indifference to the Indian poor,’’ he says.
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