FRIDAY REVIEW

Riot of colours

Brush strokes Abasar Beuria with a visitor.

Brush strokes Abasar Beuria with a visitor.   | Photo Credit: Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

SHYAMHARI CHAKRA

Paintings Abasar Beuria discovers his passion for colours after years as a diplomat.



Bhubaneswar-based former Indian Ambassador Abasar Beuria, well known in the art fraternity, is best known as a patron of art. But, a few days ago he surprised everyone with his identity as an artist with the inauguration of a week-long exhibition of his paintings, installations and photographs at the Lalit Kala Akademi’s Regional Centre in Bhubanerswar.

“I am an one-year-old painter”, remarked the 67-year-old former diplomat who served several important Indian missions in USA, Japan, former Soviet Union, Sri Lanka, UAE, Myanmar and Madagascar. He took to painting a year ago.

“I was with my US-based daughter for three months and was getting bored; she suggested that I do something creative. She literally forced me to buy a palette and brought out the painter in me,” he recollects.

Although an amateur and a late entrant, Beuria’s works of art are amazingly mature — both in craft and content. His ‘Colours of Creation’ series — all in acrylic on canvas — justify the title of his exhibition ‘Celebration of Colours’. Gaze at the texture of the mature strokes in ‘Noon at Manhattan’ and ‘Midnight Manhattan’ to realise how a master artist lay dormant in this diplomat.

Beuria has been at his best in installation art. ‘Lady in Hat’ designed on wood with ordinary metallic kitchen wares is fabulous. And the untitled installation that shows a ladder against a painted wall symbolising sky is the limit for people with dreams.

“Through this show I wished to convey the message that age is no bar to dabble in creative activities and senior citizens can enjoy life creatively,” confided the concerned citizen who is associated with a number of social welfare and heritage conservation activities in Bhubaneswar following his homecoming to Bhubaneswar after retirement. Aptly, his photographs taken during his stay in America show smiling senior citizens engaged in various activities.

Beuria preferred to invite the youngest member in the audience —a five-year-old kid — to light the lamp and inaugurate his first exhibition.

“They are our hope and future. They must be cared for,” he pointed out.



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