I was born in a village in Uttar Pradesh. So I grew up among villagers with modest lives and the village culture. The Rangolis at the village festival and the local potters’ fine works of art inspired me greatly towards art as a hobby and potential career from early childhood.
My father was then posted to Kolkata so our family relocated to the city. Once the capital of India, with its rich cultural heritage and character immediately caught my attention. I started painting for the first time in the city. Different issues related to all spheres of life made me contemplate the stark differences between rural and urban living. It haunted me that such a beautiful world could engender such terrible problems. Why can’t we make this world a beautiful place to live in? Questions keep on bubbling within me. While finding the answers to these questions, images kept appearing in in my mind one after the other. Since the central theme to my paintings is related to present day society, my works appear photographic or naturalistic. Renowned people that inspire me also find a place in my paintings.
Mahatma Gandhiji used to say that energy is a human’s purest form because it is a mix of a person’s good and bad qualities. This bad quality can however be overcome through regular practice of good deeds. Therefore, I try to illustrate this concept of pure forms of energy and redemption in my paintings.