The monsoons — they always bring a smile on everyone’s face. And Indian artists have this beautiful bond with the rains, which they try to portray on their canvases. Some relate it to their childhood days; for some, it connects to life’s struggle; while others get nostalgic when it rains.
Each painting has a story that art lovers appreciate and viewers have their own reasons to fall in love with them. Meet some amazing Indian artists who talk about their lively monsoon paintings and their thoughts behind the art:
“I remember my childhood days when the water used to enter our house and our parents has to throw all of it out. I used to enjoy because I felt that my house sails like a boat,” says Chandrababu, a Bengaluru-based artist.
“I paint during monsoon because the season reminds me of my childhood days and our duties and responsibilities which made the family bond grow stronger,” he adds.
Photo Credit: Chandrababu
2. Ananda Das:
An artist from Kolkata, Ananda grew up observing hand rickshaw manufacturers near his house and he tries to showcase their daily life struggles through his art.
Sharing his thoughts, he says, “During monsoons, the condition of Kolkata roads becomes pathetic. This effects transportation to a large extent and these rickshaw pullers continue working for their livelihood.”
Photo Credit: Ananda Das
3. Bijay Biswaal
A resident of Nagpur, Bijay is an Indian Railways’ employee. “I paint monsoon art because I was an aquatic boy who was fascinated by the wet surface of the railway platforms since childhood,” he says.
His work was also appreciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ speech.
Photo Credit: Bijay Biswaal
4. Ganesh Panda
Ganesh from Mumbai has painted several paintings on the monsoon theme.
“I believe that monsoon is the best season as we can’t think of our lives without water. The season gives me reasons to paint colourful leaves of the trees and greenery of Indian villages that should create positive vibes in the viewer’s mind,” he says.
5. Avijit Roy
Sometimes pictures say it all. And the paintings by Avijit Roy speak for themselves.
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6. Somnath Bothe:
A resident of Pune, Somnath is a farmer’s son.
“The fusion of rainy season and historical places in cities and villages constitute the subjects of my paintings. I have my own way of showing love for monsoon creations. My colour schemes are modern and flashy. But this is intentional — to remind us of the importance of historical locations and old buildings in Pune after rain,” he says.
7. Narayan Kumbar
Photo Credit: Narayan Kumbar
This artist from Bengaluru loves the climatic condition after rain — painter Narayan Kumbar, says, “I like to study about nature and monsoon so I used to go to Bidar district to understand the surroundings during my college days. One evening, I was not able to return home due to heavy rainfall. I suddenly decided to draw an ‘After Rain Painting’ created by artist John Fernandes. The painting of village life and golden rays of sunlight falling on huge trees was the main subject in it”
– Vikram Kapoor