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For the love of art

DNJAI68121 | 5/21/2016 | Author : Yukti Sharma | WC :594

City artist Suvigya Sharma is enthusiastic about his upcoming work, including a project with Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust, where he will be helping raise funds through art

City artist Suvigya Sharma, known for his miniature paintings, portraits, restoration work, frescoes and gold paintings, is all set to join hands with Bollywood biggies and cricket stars for a noble cause. Sharma, who believes in contributing to the society, will be working with Social Hash and Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust (NDMCT) to raise funds through art and photo exhibition in Mumbai. In a conversation with After Hrs on Friday, Sharma shared about his life and plans besides the art fundraiser.
An accidental artist
Sharma did his Masters in Business Administration in foreign trade and had no plans to be an artist, even though he grew up in an artistic family. “Despite coming from a family of artists, I never thought about making it a profession. I always had a good hand at art. Even at school, I used to make paintings and portraits,” he shares. After completing masters, he wanted to start an export house, but his life had other plans. “I landed in Mumbai, where a family approached me for a portrait. I made one for them, which was appreciated. They then referred me to another person and that person to someone else and so on. Initially, it started on a really small note but two years down the line, it actually became a profession,” Sharma says.
‘Raj doesn’t love its art’
Since Sharma’s art is inspired by Rajasthan, it’s natural for him to feel disheartened with the lack of love for traditional art here. “New houses are being built in contemporary style. Our mindset and convent education has made us such. We see people from other cities or states come here, click pictures and appreciate the art as it is different for them. But people staying here are bored of looking at the local art and they have taken it for granted. That is why they are pulled towards contemporary art,” he says.
Wish to Paint European fusion Mahabharat and Bhagwat Geeta
Talking about the kind of work he would like to take up further, the artist adds, “I really wish to paint Mahabharat and Bhagwat Geeta someday but not in the usual style. I would do it my way. I want to make them in a fusion of Indian and European styles, so that our youth can also connect with it.” He also shared his future plans. “I have plans to start an art school so that I can create awareness about miniature paintings and the art form,” he adds.

24-carat-gold artwork for Vikas Khanna
 Sharma has also worked with well-known Chef Vikas Khanna for his book Utsav’s (book to be included in Guinness Book of World Records for being most expensive book) cover page. “Vikas got in touch for the cover and told me, ‘I want it to be lavish’. Two months earlier, Vikas’s manager asked me to make his portrait on the cover that has the name Utsav engrossed in 24-carat-gold,” Sharma tells After Hrs. For the fundraiser project, Sharma is enthusiastic about being a part of the noble cause. The charity exhibition will take place on June 11. The buzz is that while actor Sanjay Dutt will be playing the host, his close buddy Salman Khan and the Bollywood fraternity will also make a presence at the event to support the initiative.
Inspired by B G Sharma
“I really love the Radha Kishan paintings made by B G Sharma, another painter from Rajasthan. His artwork is really inspiring and apart from it, I like Mona Lisa and European art,” Sharma concludes, talking about his favourite artwork from India and world.

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