Chennai-based artist Ghana N.B’s recent exhibition at Hyderabad curated by co-artist Ramesh had an interesting display of paintings and line drawings hung from the tree branches with an assorted range of water bottles made from dried coconut shells and bottle gourds. Specialising in ‘quick drawings’ of either portraits or water colours on the hustle-bustle of the cities she visited, it takes her nothing more than 15 minutes to finish a work.
“I studied fashion designing and went to Chennai to set up my design house. I also worked as a stylist and costume designer for the film Yevade Subramaniam. But, it became very mundane and monotonous. So I decided to explore and travel. It gave me an opportunity to interact with people and sketch them. Sometimes I would get a chance to barter things like a pencil pouch for the sketch that I make. The system of mutual exchange of ideas and all forms of art must come back at one venue.”
Ghana also vouches for the organic way of life and art. Ghana says, “Art should become more organic. There is no point in spending and making big plans of display. I feel one must learn to see things in different light.”
— The writer is a musician, creator of ‘Jaywant Guitar’ and a freelance photographer...