THE bold outlines filled with primary colours in vibrant shades speak volumes for the extraordinary courage this young artist had. In life she was fighting a battle with a malignant tumour for 12 painful years. But on canvas Arpita Bhattacharya was a highly energetic artist, charged by a passion which she had tamed into creating methodical strokes and lines. The passion, the mysticism - the almost fairy-tale like ambience - that was so characteristic of her works had touched artist Arpana Caur so that she called them "brave work by a brave girl". Arpita died last August, but her water-colours remain, much like a reassertion of her undying spirit. All through her little life, she had tried constantly to evolve, to develop her vision. Even during her last term at the London School of Economics when she knew death was knocking at her door, Arpita was constantly experimenting with her technique. The usually placid blue and green gave way to the more star red, yellow and orange. The proof of which can be seen in a show which will be running at the Kolkata Information Center from 1 to 5 May. Do drop in and take a walk with this remarkably spirited artist.
- WALK WITH HER
- Hayni Hara