Ranadip Mukherjee

Ranadip Mukherjee

Benaras and  I

My love affair with one of the oldest cities in the world Benaras began way back in 1989. Benaras to me is like a sensuous and a beautiful young girl, sometimes playful, sometimes somber, but always intense, and vividly colorful. The city brings to my heart a melancholy, and a sense of continuity. Everywhere my eyes wander, I see history, I see religion, I sometimes also see the dirt and filth, but above all I see a tableau of my country in every corner. Every corner of Benaras has a story to tell the story of India. Mark Twain very rightly wrote "Varanasi" is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together. I have been experimenting on painting Benaras for more than one decade. Some times the forms come to me like tiny episodes of a play, sometimes the forms just seep into the canvas almost of their own volition. Everything about the city touches my heart, it's old buildings, the incessant chanting on the banks of the Ganges, the endless throng of people seeking redemption, the belief of Hindus that it is the city which can transfer man from one state of being ( human ) into another ( the spiritual ) .... All these subtle and overt nuances of Benaras translate into colors and forms or my paintings The paintings are never predetermined or planned; they come to life within the canvas itself, directly from the acrylic color tubes. So many emotions explode in my heart when I go to Benaras , I wonder if one lifetime will be enough for me to paint Benaras as much as I would like to ..........this recent works are my personal, emotional, and expressional tribute to a city I have fallen in love with .....Ranadip.

Ranadip is an extremely versatile artist. From figurative paintings to abstracts he has had a remarkable journey as an artist and one that has been a treat to witness as an art lover. His love and understanding of the surroundings he captures is deep and this translates into masterful paintings. Many artists have been hugely inspired by Benaras but few have captured it as beautifully on canvas as Ranadip has.