Portrait’ is basic grammar of art

Media Coverage | 21-06-2023

Interaction with art experts Manoj Kumar Sakle and Abhishek Acharya

You can make poetry if you grasp the grammar of language. In painting, portraits are just as important as profiles. A portrait is an artistic portrayal of a person.

According to art specialists at Portrait Workshop, portraiture is basic grammar of art, thought to be the creation of a painting. A two-day portrait workshop has been organised by Jawaharlal Darda Foundation to mark the birth centenary of veteran freedom fighter and founder editor of Lokmat Media Group Jawaharlal Darda alias Babuji. The chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda, renowned artist Vasudeo Kamath, well-known theater artist Dr Vinod Indurkar, artist Manoj Kumar Sakle, artist Abhishek Acharya were present at the inauguration of the workshop at Jawaharlal Darda Art Gallery. Curator of the gallery Amit Gonnade conducted the proceedings.

Renowned artist Manoj Kumar Sakle demonstrated portraiture in watercolour medium, while young artist Abhishek Acharya demonstrated portraiture in oil medium. He analysed the difficulties and qualities of both the media while interacting with senior and young artists and fans in the workshop. Kamath, a well-known artist, also spoke with senior and emerging artists.


Babuji would say if you stay near nature, your life will be prosperous: Dr Darda

Veteran freedom fighter and founder editor of Lokmat Media Group Jawaharlalji Darda alias Babuji loved art, colour and nature. Our year-long events to commemorate his birth centenary have touched upon everything he loved. Colours, in fact, are connected with nature. No human personality contains as many colours as nature has absorbed. Colours provide you with energy, imagination and passion. That is why Babuji always stated that if you live close to nature, your life will be prosperous and balanced, said the chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda.

People staying away from painting: Sakle

Be it film, drama or any other art form, it sheds light on what happens in society. So these arts still attract people. But there is the danger of this part being lost in painting. Sakle said as there is nothing related to the lives of common men, people are staying away from it. Art is important, but it has meaning only if it is used to earn money in life, and today’s artists also have the same question. Business and creation should be the same as art. Sakle expressed the need for radical changes in the curriculum for that.


An artist is God himself: Kamath

Nobody has ever seen God. Colour, shape and face have been created by artists. It is engraved in the brains of the people by making this as embodiment of God. Although artist works behind the scenes in Ramayan, Mahabharat and Shiva Mahapuran, he presents God’s form to the people. Lord Ganapati’s beauty has been enhanced by the addition of an elephant’s head by the artist. As a result, the artist is, in a sense, God himself, said Vasudeo Kamath.

Chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda admiring a portrait during the two-day Portrait Workshop organised at Jawaharlal Darda Art Gallery at Lokmat Bhavan on Tuesday. Noted artists Vasudeo Kamath, Manojkumar Sakle, Abhishek Acharya, Dr Vinod  Indurkar also accompanied Dr Vijay Darda at the event.

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