Artist hails spirit of collaboration in Indian art scene

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Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Internationally acclaimed French-Bengali artist Chittrovanu Mazumdar who faced “challenges” trying to complete his art work on time due to demonetisation has hailed the generosity and collaborative aspect of the art scene in India.

Mazumdar, who has his creation displayed at the third edition of ‘Kochi-Muziris Biennale’, expressed his gratitude for the help he received to finish his art work in the midst of the note ban.

“The first few days of demonetisation were really hard across the country and everyone struggled to adjust. With regards to building this installation for Kochi, we faced some challenges trying to complete the piece on time,” Mazumdar said.

“The workers stopped coming as they were not willing to accept cheques, the cash-flow was completely choked and it was impossible to get to a bank,” he said.

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“However, thanks to the great support from friends and patrons we were able to borrow the cash as we needed larger volumes than was permitted to withdraw from the banks or ATMs,” Mazumdar told IANS from Kochi.

He was grateful for the amazing support as the “installation was completed and packed in time to be transported to Kochi”.

Mazumdar, who considers himself an “expressionist painter”, said his installation would depict the elemental force of water as it appears in the human psyche and the surrounding environment.

The silver lining, according to Mazumdar, was the “generosity and collaborative nature of the art scene in India, as we see people come together despite the challenges”.



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