Almost all of us have made paper boats or paper planes when we were kids. But, Ranu Chakraborty converted her childhood fetish into a full-time profession. She has been making paper sculptures for the last 10 years and her efforts are finally paying off in the form of her first exhibition in the city.
The exhibition is being held at Malaka Spice and will be on till April 15. Making paper models looks easy, but paper sculpting is no child’s play. There is a lot more than just the bending, folding and cutting that one needs to do. A simple peacock bird paper sculpture can take even a month to complete, as every detail needs to be completed with minute care.
Ranu Chakraborty is a graduate from Government College of Art and Craft with a specialisation in Indian style painting. Though painting would have been an obvious choice, she wanted to do something different. Paper sculpturing came naturally to her.
“When I decided to opt for it, there was no one who could give me training or guidance as there were no institutes and training schools for paper sculpturing. I started reading various books on the art. With my husband’s support, I started learning this art ten years ago,” she admits.
Chakraborty did face her share of problems in the initial years. Being new to the field and without proper guidance, she lost a lot of work in the start of her career as she was unaware of the framing techniques required for preserving the paper sculptures.
But, Ranu is unperturbed. “For someone who has chosen to go out of the way to follow her passion, such hardships are part and parcel of the life!” she signs off with a smile.
Till April 15
At Malaka Spice, Koregaon Park.
Call 26151088 / 9665904250