Different strokes

Print edition : November 15, 2013

The exhibition ‘Forms Within' opened at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Kolkata on September 12. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Soumitra Chatterjee's paintings and sketches are as diverse and interesting as the roles he has played.

A painting done in 2013. Only 150-odd paintings remain from Soumitra's work over the years.

A 1987 drawing. "The shadow of Tagore was always there," says Soumitra of his work.

A 2009 sketch.

As an actor, Soumitra says, he feels the urge to constantly draw human faces.

Soumitra Chatterjee addressing the gathering at his first ever painting exhibition, at the ICCR in Kolkata on September 12. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

An exhibition of Bengali screen legend Soumitra Chatterjee’s paintings reveals a new facet of his genius. But Soumitra is dismissive of the critical acclaim that he is receiving and even appears a little amused.
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