Life Can­vas

India Today - - BUZZ - By Re­wati Rau

March 7 to 31 A con­ver­sa­tion with artist Pallav Chan­der, 24, might seem like a se­quel to the 2007 Bol­ly­wood movie Taare Zameen Par. Ex­cept, of course, that Chan­der’s jour­ney is a real-life roller-coaster ride and not a larger-than-life movie. Di­ag­nosed with dys­lexia at the age of 10, Chan­der, along with his par­ents, strug­gled to un­der­stand the dis­ease.

Four­teen years later, Chan­der is all set to ex­hibit 40 can­vasses, all au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal, at a show ti­tled De­cod­ing the Dyslexic Mind, to be in­au­gu­rated at the In­dia Habi­tat Cen­tre. “These can­vasses are all about my life’s jour­ney,” he says. “There is a paint­ing ti­tled Rest in Peace, My Dear Louise, which de­picts my plight when I lost a dear friend. An­other paint­ing called Birth shows the process of birth,” says Chan­der.

While this is his de­but ex­hi­bi­tion, Chan­der is a fa­mil­iar face in the city’s theatre cir­cuit, men­tored by vet­eran ac­tor Amal Al­lana. “Hav­ing a theatre back­ground helps be­cause I treat ev­ery paint­ing like a stage,” says Chan­der. At Pas­sage Art, 66, Khan Mar­ket Tel 9910005124

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