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Tagore in Shorthand by Indrajit Nattoji

Indrajit Nattoji

Kolkata, 19may Saturday: Artist Indrajit Nattoji presented a unique collection of paintings, "Tagore in Shorthand" at ICCR that deives into Kobi Guru's literacy works through handwriting his poems and songs in his image, using ink and paint on paper. Each art work showcases one of Tagore's literacy works written in his image portraits range from Tagore as a young man to his later years- an artist's tribute to Rabindranath Tagore in hand written drawing style. Director and actor Parambrata Chattopadhay was present at the event wuth child actor Shreejato from his film "Sonar Pahar".

Parambrata Chattopadhay

Talking about hus inspiration, Nattoji said "I have been drawing and painting from the time I recall my earliest childhood memories. It was a natural instinct as basic as eating and breathing. I always wanted to be an artist since the time I used to travel with my parents during my summer holidays. When I was studying at National Institute of Design, long before the digital renaissance, we used to take notes, write scripts stories and with pen, pencil and paper. Computers were a distant concept at that time and nor were we allowet near one. Recently, I started using handwritten words and sentences to create forms while drawing once words when I made mistakes. As I was drawing while writing, the lines took on a life of their own. I started writing while creating an image and I created image while writing.I then added some paint and colour. Shorthand art anyone?"

As student of NID, Ahmedabad, Nattoji has won the Singapore Promax BDA Asia Awards, Razorfish Rocket Award for Rising Talent and Best Station ID. He has worked in channel (V) Mumbai as Senior Producer, later becoming an ad- filmmaker kick- starting his own company called Blink Pictures. Currently, he is writing his next feature film, ehile conceptualizing, directing and producing three film installations for India's first Museum of Indian Music in Bangalore and continuing to make Ad-films. He loves travelling the world with his family.

When asked why he chose Tagore, artist said, "The bengali force in me has always been strong. I have been brought up with the mandatory staple of Tagore songs, poem and stories. Recently I was in the middle of an animation where one had to do hands on drawing digitally. My mother had organized a small functiin and get together for Rabindra Jayanti and had asked me to draw a portrait of Tagore and add a quote from his works. I was already drawing frames for my animation with my newly acquired IPad and Apple pencil. I quickly combined the words 'Pochishe boishak' into an image of Tagore. It was spontaneous and intuitive. It turned out quite interesting and was much appreciated by everyone. That's how this project took birth.

What are the plans with this journey of painting? "I hope to take further with interpretations of more of his work in handwritten drawing style with larger formats of drawing, painting, screen prints, woodcuts, digital art and large scale animation and films installations", Nattoji signed off.

Some look ups from the exibition :