|BISHNUPRIYA MANIPURI ART – DO WE CARE AT ALL ? BY HENRYY SINHA, 04 MAR, 09
It can be a very interesting task, specially for creative artists of India if, a thorough research is done to find out the number of art renditions that Lord Ganesha has to his credit. It wont surprise me if the figure goes beyond a possible count. Different artists have given different dimensions to the form of Ganesha through their paintings, sculptors, modern art, jewellery design, digital art. It's in fact a sea of fascinating Ganesha forms. We have seen Ganesha drawn with one stroke of a delicate line. At times, He is depicted through a number 3 or a 7 or a 9! Its spectacular how mathematics, art, creativity, at times even science fuse together and give shape to Lord Ganesha. I guess thats how Lord Ganesha spreads himself across numerous lives.
I often wonder, what if Shri Shri Bhubeneshwar Sadhu Thakur is creatively rendered in various creative forms in the same way! Imagine Sadhu Thakur's paintings, calendars, illustrations in different creative renditions. A fascinating thought. But it's sad when you realize that Bishnupriya Manipuris have a good number of talented creative artists. We do have names like Manas Sinha (New Delhi), Shakti Sinha (Guwahati), Prasenjit Sinha (Gurgaon) to boast of – names who are indeed, immensely talented and even appreciated in their respective art circles.
However as a community we have even grown beyond the embryo when it comes to Community Art
as compared to other communities – Bengalis, Oriyas, Punjabis.
There is no Bishnupriya Manipuri Art as such thats even decently visible. However I refuse to believe that school of thought which says – 'It never existed'. Every community has his own form of art. Its the law of nature.
Would not like to delve on this further, as this would only lead to comments, debate, remorse, pessimism and pointless point of views. Thats not the idea here. The idea is to offer solutions.
Community bodies like Sahitya Parishad must realize that there is a need in this space. Most importantly the community needs initiative from the Bishnupriya Manipuri creative creed to apply some serious thought to it. Bishnupriya Manipuri artists – professional and amateur, must come forward, take the paint brush and just, start flirting the canvas.
In fact someone out there has given a start. Someone has started the Chakra. The wheel has finally begun to roll.