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Anukriti Sharma | Tuesday, 28 March 2017 AT 08:57 PM IST
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Bronze sculptor Tanmay Banerjee talks about the meticulous process of making the artwork, which he is displaying in the city.

India is slowly accepting art in every form. One amongst those art forms is the bronze sculpting which has slowly captured our interior spaces and has successfully garnered many admirers.

Tanmay Banerjee from Kolkata, who is a bronze sculptor, draws inspiration from the Harappan civilisation. His art work includes a bull, cat or a double sided sculpture of a dog, which is a depiction of male from one side and a female from the other. Banerjee believes that bronze is a permanent material; and he can express himself more better through clay which takes a beautiful form in bronze.

“I spent my childhood in Bankura, a small village in Bengal. Here I was inspired by the traditional works of village potuas like the idols of goddess and chal chitra. Later I came to Chandannagar where Bankim Banerjee became my first guru. He was an art college pass out and belonged to the period of Mukul Dey, who was a legendary figure in Indian art. My guru’s guidance helped me in choosing this field,” says Banerjee.

Talking about the process of bronze sculpting, the artist says, “It is a time consuming process. At first it needs to be done in clay, then the mould is taken and transferred to wax. The wax is again moulded, fired and dewaxed. After dewaxing is completed, the liquid metal (bronze) is poured in it. The mould is broken and the bronze work is taken out and finished. This process is called lost wax process.”

So does the meticulous preparation and expensive material deter people from actually pursuing the art form? Banerjee agrees and says, “At present, the acceptability towards sculpting has grown. And in India sculptures are finding a lot of takers in the market as a permanent fixture in households. It can be a little expensive for students who wish to pursue a career in this field,” says Banerjee, who did his five year Diploma and two year Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts from Kalabhavan, Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan.

The sculptor, who has had several solo and group shows, credits his success to his teachers from Visva Bharati. He adds, “I was doing really well in painting and sculpture making. But it is due to their guidance that I found my finesse and decided to take up the bronze sculpting as a profession.”

He says both drawing and sculpting give him the liberty to express himself in different ways. Drawing allows him to put his imagination on a piece of paper, while sculpting offers him the freedom to mould, create and play with the material.

Banerjee terms Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Bengaluru as his favourite cities because people here are more receptive and actually step into gallery to see and admire the work of the artists. Yet, he feels that the foreign countries are more accepting and open minded when it comes to art since their culture is strongly inclined towards it.

“The position of art is improving in India and will improve more in future due to the rise in number of exhibitions, fairs, seminar and documentary films that talk about different forms of art,” he concludes.

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Tanmay Banerjee work is on display at India Art Gallery, Bhosalenagar, till April 7, 11 am-8 pm

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Tanmay Banerjee. - Monday, 17 April 2017 AT 01:29 PM IST
My name is wrong. What a grt mistake!!! How its possible??? I'm TANMAY BANEREE.

Tanmay Banerjee - Friday, 14 April 2017 AT 10:58 PM IST
My name is wrong... Im TANMAY BANERJEE

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