From Our Correspondent
Silchar, Feb 26: ‘When one loves one’s Art no service seems too hard,’ wrote O Henry in one of his most celebrated short stories, The Service of Love. When an artiste meditates on paintings and sculptures, the artiste is bound to draw attention. The above line aptly describes the renowned sculptor Dr Swapan Paul whose craft has breathed life into the sculptures and paintings created by him, at his second solo exhibition at Sangeet Vidyalaya Gallery, Park Road of this town. Dr Swapan Paul is also an art teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mashimpur, Silchar. The 3-day exhibition that began on last Friday has been a crowd puller.
Dr Swapan Paul had participated in Government Art College’s annual exhibition from 1987 to 1992. He has been awarded every year for his outstanding works in painting and sculpture. His work has also been highly acclaimed by way of a scholarship bestowed by the Government of Kartaka in a group of exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. On the iugural day of the exhibition, a book, Barak Upatyakay Devi Masa – Sahitye O Shilpe, authored by Dr Paul along with the reputed art magazine ARTEAST, was also released. Dr Swapan Paul said that he has participated in a number of exhibitions outside Silchar. It is his second exhibition at Silchar.
Dr Swapan Paul regretted the non availability of an art gallery in the town. He further said that it is not possible to publicize such exhibitions if it is not conducted frequently. His last exhibition in Silchar was in the year 2001. It is indeed a pity that a master craftsman like Dr Swapan Paul whose works have been widely appreciated and admired, is not been able to organize an exhibition at his own place. Sculptures have been made with bronze, mix media and wood and reflects the genius’ artisanship and expertise in breathing life into lifeless objects.