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Chitra Pritam

Chitra Pritam

It all starts from an insignificant dot; extend it and there is no limit to what can be achieved. From a simple stagnant existence as a dot, when turned into a line, limitless possibilities of line moving in various directions acquiring allsorts of meanings and also turning into all kinds of recognizable shapes. So the journey's end but in fact, there is no end except achieving perfection where all journeys end. But as nothing can ever be perfect-a line would reach out to infinity. Knowing fully well what lies ahead, Chitra Pritam has undertaken this journey where lines make sense, this never ending search and even though, from time to time he felt as if compelled to shout 'eureka' but held back his urges knowing that the journey must not end, never. Thus he continues working, drawing and painting, and produces the best

before allowing it to be exhibited for the art lovers and enthusiasts. His pen-drawings, ready to be displayed soon may be described as 'landscapes brought to life through the magic lines.

It is in the structure of the line or lines that starts to breath and a visual balance acquires meaning; a short line, continuous line, cluster of lines, Iine defining contours, smooth or rough lines and thick or thin lines; there are immense possibilities for lines to express themselves in language known to them or unknown. Chitra has gone deep into discovering this language and all its characteristics. After years of hard work and unfettered determination for achieving the best that is possible, Chitra has learned the language of lines and is now expressing

himself with the ease and fluency that comes to an artist through devotion to his work he finds it easy to draw the outline of his perceptual interpretations on canvas and then fill in the necessary short lines in brushes like strokes spreading when required and filling where necessary.

In the present series, he has created shapes and shadows, surfaces, layers and depths, simply by using lines of specific character required to create such impression that makes a portrait, a scene or a landscape come alive. He produces such delicate balance where everything stands in with its true meaning.

What it means is that he does not fill spaces for the sake of filling the void, but lets the space define its own character. What is so interesting about his approach is that while he emphasizes a section of his painting the other section seems to hold the process together.

Chitra has received a nod of approval from Jamil Naqsh, a master in his own recognition, and that in it-self is a seal of excellence on Chitra's work.



Mohsin S. Jaffri