Cast­ing a spell

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

Narayan Sinha wears many hats ef­fort­lessly: the former model is now an artist, sculp­tor, in­te­rior de­signer and jew­ellery de­signer. His lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, Debi, a col­lec­tion of Durga in­stal­la­tions made out of au­to­mo­bile parts, uten­sils, iron grilles, latches and even ka­jal-lata (kohl hold­ers), has been painstak­ingly cre­ated over the last four years. “There were sev­eral de­press­ing mo­ments. It takes months to fin­ish just one piece,” he says.

THE JOUR­NEY Sinha comes from a busi­ness fam­ily yet he has never felt the pres­sure to fol­low in his fa­ther’s foot­steps. Af­ter hav­ing stud­ied sci­ence in col­lege, he grav­i­tated in­stinc­tively to­wards art. “I had been sketch­ing and paint­ing since child­hood but there has never been any for­mal train­ing,” he says. Choos­ing sculp­ture was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion in his ca­reer. Af­ter 14 shows across the coun­try which got good re­sponses from crit­ics, Sinha is now on a mis­sion to bring art to the masses, bridge the di­vide be­tween fine art and lo­cal crafts­men as well as pre­serve her­itage by mix­ing tra­di­tion and con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments. He is keen on dis­play­ing some of his art­works abroad.

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sec­ond opinion

“Narayan is a dreamer. He is not at all self-con­scious and he works with a deep sense of joy” INA PURI, CU­RA­TOR

“I am the fa­ther of my art­works. It is a unique bond I share with each of them”

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