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Sujit Draws 90 Sketches Of Mahasweta Devi

Sujit Mandal drawing portrait of author Mahasweata Devi. Picture by Abhi Ghosh


Ranaghat, Aug. 1: An ardent fan of author Mahasweta Devi and her social initiatives, Sujit Mondal (35), an artiste from Ranaghat Siddheswari Tala lane on Monday paid tribute to the demised author in own way.

As an artist, to whom, human faces are the most fascinating subject, Sujit portrayed 90-sketches of the author in different moods.

Why 90 sketches?

“She died at the age of 90. So I decided to draw a sketch for each of the year of her life as a tribute”, said Sujit, who runs a drawing school titled ‘Canvas’.

On Monday Sujit started from 9am and completed the 90 sketches by 6pm as planned. The sketches were drawn on white art papers using a ball pointed pen of black ink.

“She died at the age of 90. So I decided to draw a sketch for each of the year of her life as a tribute ” -Sujit Mandal

The young artiste, who never gone through any formal art training said: “I like Mahasweta Devi very much as he was a great writer and great human being. As she proved this in her works like ‘Hazar Churasir Maa’, ‘Arannyer Adhikar’, ‘Titumir’, I found her in similar gesture when she fought for the under privileged people. She was a woman, but a strong protagonist that made her very fascinating character to me”. Her death came as a big shock to me. To me it was death of an artist, who always portrayed human characters in different forms. So I planned to pay tribute to her in my way”.

In last year Sujit earned accolades when he penned nine sketches of demised film director Rituparno Ghosh for chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s poem “Ritu-Raaj”. The poem, which was a tribute to the film director by the chief minister was published in the festive issue of a Bengali magazine.

Picture by Abhi Ghosh

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