Posts Tagged "Pracheen Kala Kendra"

The Patna Chapter

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Blogging | 1 comment

This is the story of two days – 22nd and 23rd Sept when I had a new type of experience in life. It began sometime in July when I got a letter from Mrs. Shobha Koser, Registrar, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. The letter was an invitation for me, a student of Pracheen Kala Kendra, to participate in an All India Fine Arts (Painting) workshop cum exhibition held in Patna, Bihar. At that time it wasn’t clear to me about what this would entail. I sent the necessary information e.g. my bio data, samples of my work etc. as requested by the organizers (which later made its way into the booklet published , see below):

Booklet with Artists Description

Booklet with Artists Description

 

Page from the Booklet  - about me

Page from the Booklet – about me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end of August, I inquired about the details and found out that this was going to be a workshop cum exhibition, where 25 artists were invited from all over India. All the artists would get a chance to display 5-6 of their paintings at the exhibition and would paint an Acrylic painting on a canvas of size of 3 feet by 2 and half feet along with the other artists. I mention the size specifically, because I had never painted something that big before – the painting was supposed to be taller than me ;)

I discussed some ideas with my painting teacher, Sharmila Roy to figure out what I should paint in a workshop like this and on a canvas that big! She gave me some good suggestions based on her assessment of my abilities. All of this – the size of the painting and the thought of working in the midst of many other artists, outside the comfort zone of my home, made me a little nervous. Apparently, that wasn’t enough, a very big and septic boil grew on my left hand about 3 weeks before the event and it continued to well… grow. My hand swelled up like a balloon and it was so painful that it even prevented me from doing my daily tasks. So at that point, it was very difficult for me to even imagine painting a piece that huge. But I still tried hard to practice painting something before going to Patna. Only half finished it though…
A day before exhibition, we flew from the Kolkata airport in a small plane to get to the Patna Airport. My mother and elder sister accompanied me. The next morning, after having breakfast and of course my medicines including a painkiller I went to the “Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir” where this workshop cum exhibition was going to be held.

Entrance of the Venue

Entrance to the Venue

We had been asked to be there by 11 am for the inauguration ceremony. Before the inauguration, the organizers arranged the paintings that the artists had got along for display.

Other Exhibits

Other Exhibits

My paintings on Display

My paintings on Display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we waited… the ceremony began three hours late! This crossed the notion of “IST” as well we think :) The inauguration was done by Shri. Vinay Bihari – minister of Kala Sanskriti and Yuva Vibhag (Department of Culture & Youth), Bihar government and Shri. Patel – minister of Shiksha Vibhag (Department of Education), Bihar,  government. After that they called me on stage and gave me a memento and a bouquet of flowers. There were a surprising lot of press photographers and reporters and they took a lot of photographs.

Receiving a Memento

Receiving a Memento

Memento

Memento

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this ceremony was over, around 4:00 pm the organizers asked us to start our work. At first, I was a little nervous and felt some hesitation to work in front of so many people – professional artists, media folks and others as I had never done something like this before. But after some time I became normal but it was still difficult to enjoy working because of the tension to complete the work accompanied by the severe pain in my hand due to the boil. In addition, the reporters were creating some disturbance by asking questions, flashing cameras as they took pictures. I was mostly lost in work, I turned my head around just momentarily to see what’s going around and found that everyone else was also lost in working on their pieces. It was a nice scene!

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Everyone was hard at work

Everyone was hard at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of day, by around 6:30 pm, I was able to push through to finish quite a bit. I was very exhausted, but satisfied with the progress. Everyone was asked to come at 10 am the next day in order to finish the remaining work.

At the end of Day1

I was tired by the end of the day

The next day, I reached the workshop area around 9:40 am, once again after breakfast, medicines and a painkiller. I worked hard and was finally able to finish my huge painting.

 

Hurrying to complete

Hurrying to complete

Posing during work

Posing during work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We heard from the exhibition organizers that 8 newspapers had published my photo and an article about me. My sister went and got as many newspapers as she could from the Railway Station :). See some clippings below:

Patna Exhibition - Hindustan Times Clipping

Clipping from Hindustan Times

Clipping from iNext, a Jagaran Initiative

Clipping from iNext, a Jagaran Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

Clipping from Prabhat Khabar

Clipping from Prabhat Khabar

 

Clipping from Dainik Bhaskar - they got my name wrong somehow ;)!

Clipping from Dainik Bhaskar – they got my name wrong somehow ;)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After everyone had completed their paintings, the organizers cleaned and decorated the hall and hung the paintings made by the artists as part of the workshop. This was the prep work for the exhibition that commenced next.

On the second day, the ceremony was inaugurated by two famous Indian artists Shri. Anandi Prasad Badal and Shri. Shyam Sharma. After that the local public and reporters started arriving for looking at the exhibits.

Exhibits

Workshop Exhibits

Exhibits

Workshop Exhibits – My painting on the left

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Painting - after it was done

My Painting – after it was done :)

At the end of the second day, Pracheen Kala Kendra had given participation certificates and a rather hefty booklet about the event to every artist. Towards the end, the artists, organizers, family had group photograph sessions, which was fun!

Artists - Group Photo

Artists – Group Photo

All the artists also signed a big canvas to commemorate the event and leave a message.

Signed by all of the artists

Signed by all of the artists

I consider this a successful event of my life because of all the new experiences I had. It was quite exhilarating to work in a public location and alongside professional artists, the best part was that I was able to complete the painting and everyone liked it! It was also good to look at various different types of paintings and see some new techniques at work. It was very nice to observe the creativity of various artists. Meeting and getting to know some new people was equally exciting. This was a platform which gave me chance of sitting as an artist between various famous painters of India and also working surrounded with camera and reporters, can’t complain!

The return journey was somewhat adventurous too. Because of the press coverage, many people seemed to recognize me at the Patna airport and came up to say Hello etc. Even the security lady recognized me from the newspaper photo and we had a nice chat :).

It will sound funny if I say – I feel like a mini star/celebrity when I recall those two days spent in the midst of camera lights, reporters and the crowd of Patna, but I sure felt that way! I feel really lucky to have attended this event and thankful to my family and teachers because I could not have done it without them.

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My Visharad Finals – Convocation

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Blogging | 2 comments

This is the story of a day which brought me in the light of many people and witnessed me attending my first convocation (painting).
Story of this day started on 21st September,2013 when my teacher Prahlad Banerjee asked me to attend his musical program at Durga mandir campus in Golbazar,Kharagpur where the Registrar and Secretary of Pracheen Kala Kendra,Chandigarh were the chief guest and there they gave me a memento and announced that I got a good position in the Visharad exam in the eastern zone. After that day, my little story was covered by four Newspapers and two TV channels. This was my 1st stage experience in front of a good audience and family.
Then on 3rd of December,2013 I received an invitation letter from Pracheen Kala Kendra for attending convocation ceremony in Calcutta for clearing Visharad Final in Fine Arts and holding the 1st position in the eastern zone.
And finally that day also came into my life and it was the day of my convocation, which was held on 22nd December,2013 in Calcutta. We went Calcutta to a day before and stayed in a hotel. Next morning around 10am we started for the place named Maha Utkal Manch. As we entered that place, I saw a large room with soft instrumental music being played and organizers running here and there for finishing all arrangements for starting program as soon as they could. I looked around and found that it was not just a room but it a large two floor auditorium.
I think it had a capacity of around thousand people. The announcer asked all the media persons to sit in the front row, students in the remaining rows and family members on the 2nd floor. In the beginning I was feeling very awkward to sit in front of dignitaries (Secretary of Pracheen Kala Kendra, Mayor of Calcutta, Dwijen Mukherjee – internationally renowned Rabindra Sangeet Singer, Anirban Chowdhury- Deputy Resident Editor of Hindustan Times etc.) and in between thousand unknown people, but later I became more comfortable.
In the beginning of the program, the chief guests addressed all of us with nice words, then they started distributing prizes and mementoes to all the musicians. Then they gave prizes to the students of different streams of Arts and principals of different centers who deserved to be felicitated.

I, receiving the degree certificate and medal from Mrs. Shobha Koser and Sri Deijen Mukherjee

I, receiving the degree certificate and medal from Mrs. Shobha Koser of Pracheen Kala Kendra and singer Sri Dwijen Mukherjee

After waiting for quite some time, they announced my name and came my turn to go on a the stage. And on my way between my seat to and the stage a funny incident took place which I really want to share. All the people including me were thinking about how to take me to the stage because the path of the stage was little narrow and my chair wouldn’t go through it, all of a sudden (I don’t know when they decided),four persons lifted me along with my chair from ground to the stage a meter high. And after landing on the stage like an airplane I couldn’t do anything except laughing.
I received a degree and a medal on the stage from Mrs. Shobha Koser and Dwijen Mukherjee for achieving the 1st position in the eastern zone in the Fine Arts exam named Visharad Finals of Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.
So, my 2nd stage experience was very beautiful which also got converted into an
unforgettable funny experience because of my speech full of laughter :)

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One of the best days ever

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blogging | 6 comments

Date 21st September 2013 is now added in the list of days with some of my best moments of life. It was a great day which I can never forget. This was one of those days I would never have dreamt of. I am still so happy that I want to share this experience with everyone and would love to do that any number of times.

I am talking about my first stage experience which I had yesterday. It was the day when I attended a musical program, got my first memento on stage in front of a good crowd and a few notable persons (the memento was presented by the Registrar Mrs. Shobha Koser and Secretary Shri. Sejal Koser of Pracheen Kala Kendra), I was interviewed by a media person, got a huge applause and cheers and also I gave my first stage speech in English which was appreciated a lot by my family as well as everyone else who was there.

My memento

My memento

This was a day when for the first time I didn’t feel low or odd being part of a crowd of more than a hundred unknown people. I also had my first lucky experience of watching a live performance from famous musicians.

Me on Stage PKK

This pic was taken while I was speaking on the stage :)

This experience made me feel positive and gave me a lot of strength and the desire to work harder for achieving my dreams. First and foremost, I want to thank my family, then my teachers Sharmila Roy, Shri. Prahlad Banerjee, Mrs. Shobha Koser and Shri. Sejal Koser of Pracheen Kala Kendra who helped and encouraged me and because of all of them I had such a special day in my life!

[Update]

I recently got hold of the video of the program. Here’s when I was on the stage:

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Done with GED :)

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Blogging | 18 comments

Three exams were left and I had one month in hand. It was like a do or die situation. It was the first time in my life when I had little time but a big load. I am talking about my GED exams.

GED stands for General Education Development, which is administered by educational authorities in the USA. GED tests are a group of five subject tests namely Mathematics, Science, English Reading, Social Studies and English Writing. When students qualify, it certifies that they have American or Canadian high school-level academic skills.

In the queue of challenges of my life until the recent past, first were the three subjects of GED namely English Reading, Social Studies and English Writing; second was my desire of achieving an educational certificate and third one was receiving a certificate which must be equivalent of class ten and twelve standard that would enable me to appear in the 6th and 7th level of Pracheen Kala Kendra Art certification exams. These were the hurdles, which I needed to cross by the end of year 2013 as the pattern of GED was going to be changed and I would have to appear for all the five exams again.

Qualifying these three subjects was a big challenge for me because they were mainly based on American context and secondly I could not get any schooling or good teachers which greatly affected my way of studying and learning. If I would’nt have cleared any subject among those three then I would have only one more chance for appearing in GED this year. This was the first time I was going under great pressure. After forgetting everything, I fully concentrated on my studies and worked very hard continuously for six months and the most during last one month. My exams started on 3rd of June and ended on 17th June,2013. That did not bring an end to my tensions as I got the results of two exams but the result of last exam was left. That was the one, which was going to decide my future. At the end of last exam I was not sure about my result and I had set my mind to give one more exam in September. My result was supposed to come five days later, i.e. after 17th but it was very surprising that the result came just after three days. Moreover, the most surprising thing was that I successfully qualified GED and I got my highest marks in English writing. It was the most relaxing and surprising day of my life. For two days it was very difficult for me to convince myself to believe that I had successfully completed the GED.

GED Certificate

GED Certificate

Now I am happier because I got my official GED certificate from USA :) However, now after completing GED I am confused regarding what should I do next? Let’s see what is going to be my next story.

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