In just a few years,Gurgaon has seen tremendous development .The so called Millennium City in the NCR has started attracting many people from the neighbouring states and that has influenced the life style and cultural growth of the place..Art being part of day to day life and a mirror of civilization can not be ignored.The endless talent in the younger … Continue reading The Inaugural Art Show
Roop Chand, a Gurgaon based veteran artist was born to Brij Lal and Champa Devi at village Dundahera in Gurgaon district in 1936. After his initial education in Gurgaon, he went to Bombay to study art. He shifted to Chandigarh and did his two post graduations in art and culture, and took up the position as fine art faculty at GCW and home Sc. College at Chandigarh. He appeared in the Indian art arena in 1960 with his series of paintings on the theme time and space which were displayed in his solo exhibitions first at Panjab university and then in Chandigarh and in Delhi1965. Till up to now he has more than 50 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 30 public and private exhibitions
After frequenting major Indian metropolitan cities in India he left Chandigarh in a controversial situation. Then, painting, exhibiting, and moving from place to place, like a gipsy, he traveled to West Asia, Middle East and Europe. After staying in Denmark for a year, and exploring Scandinavian world, came back to India to establish the School of Creative Art at Jawahar Lal Nehru University Delhi.
He did not stay at JNU for a long, and on one fine morning he left for Kashmir Valley. Tracking in the Himalayas for couple of months, he returned to his village Dundahera, where, after quitting Chandigarh and before embarking on his journey to western world, he had built a small ceramic studio in 1973, and established an art centre. It is this place, where he is based now.
After returning from traveling around aboard in India and in India and abroad, Roop Chand had a project of Kala Nagar in pipeline. InItially Haryana State showed some interest and tried to execute it, but after the death of Mr. B.N. Chakarvarty the then Governor of Haryana, the file of this project caught dust in government offices, so, he decided to set up a small art centre of his own. He came back to his Ceramic Studio at Nimka a country side place at village Dundahera. He reset his cottage and the small shed and began to live there.
His friends from abroad and Delhi frequented this studio in side at week ends. The local village folks reacted to the activities as if he was an alien. Naturally the phenomenon of modern art was beyond their understanding.