New kid on the block

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

Artist Ab­hisha Ghosh could well be a teenager liv­ing next door, do­ing her home­work and lis­ten­ing to the lat­est chart­busters with equal fer­vour. Scratch the sur­face, how­ever, and you find a girl whose thoughts range from Satya­jit Ray’s Sonar Kella to the woods of Ranikhet.

Her re­cent de­but ex­hi­bi­tion Mir­rors at Ganges Art Gallery, show­cased stark paint­ings of faces which weren’t per­fect, but her imag­i­na­tion and pal­ette of pre­dom­i­nantly dark colours were ap­pre­ci­ated by both crit­ics and view­ers. “Her creative vi­sion is be­yond her years,” says artist Bib­huti Chakraborty.

Five years ago when Ghosh, now 15, picked up a paint brush, she wouldn’t em­bel­lish the back­ground of her paint­ings, con­cen­trat­ing in­stead on un­usual blends of colour and cre­at­ing tex­tures.

Re­fus­ing to at­tend draw­ing classes that in­sisted on step-bystep learn­ing mod­ules, Ghosh trained her­self at home. Her par­ents sup­ported her tal­ent, even al­low­ing her to paint the door of their south Kolkata apart­ment. “It’s heart­en­ing to see that she has found an emo­tional an­chor in her can­vases,” says her mother.

Hav­ing nearly over­come dif­fi­cul­ties with slow learn­ing, she takes ac­tive in­ter­est in aca­demics and mu­sic: she’s train­ing in Hin­dus­tani classical. Cur­rently she’s work­ing on a se­ries of paint­ings in­spired by forests and wants to con­tinue ex­per­i­ment­ing with colours.

Ab­hisha Ghosh

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