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Beautiful Bronzes

Updated: June 5, 2010 12:28 pm

Bronzes ranging from a miniature size of ½ inch to 20 feet, he has made it all. He is Gagan Vij, a sculptor and poet, and is running his own studio in the outskirts of Delhi. He cast his first bronze at the age of 13, which was in the form of a mask. With the passage of time, he grew up and evolved in his expertise, learning by himself and developed his own methods to create artifacts, which helped him in promoting his arts around the globe.

            “Coming from a lower middle class, it was difficult for my parents to get me admitted to a renowned arts college,” points out Gagan. “Having completed my studies, I worked in other fields in order to sustain my artistic pursuit and my first salary cheque was for Rs 1500,” he adds.

            Crossing all the barriers, he is at his artistic best in depicting human figures. His human forms have a vibrant energy and an abundance of emotions.

            “The principal sculptural techniques used in India have undergone a little change throughout the ages. Carving in India has been done for centuries with using varied materials such as stone or rock, wood, bronze metal, bone and marble,” says Gagan. Down-to-earth, unswerving artist, Gagan committed himself to bronze, irrespective of the difficulties he faced. He asserts: “I chose to work only in bronze, as it reflects my classical bent of mind as a sculptor.”

            India is a treasure house of sculptural art. The architecture and sculpture of India have flourished through many centuries and they reached to their most glorious phases during the medieval period. “My vision of sculpture is firmly rooted in classical ideals of Indian sculpture and I am totally unfazed by contemporary trends in Indian sculpture and I am dedicated to furthering and honing my classical vocabulary of sculpture,” he affirms.

            Gagan’s work is conceptual and theme oriented and he creates equilibrium between the materials and method. After three years of relation with Leena Malakr, a Kathak dancer, he finally decided to make it official eleven years back and got married to her. “I get my inspiration from relationships I carry in my life and the poems I write. And how I can forget to mention the work of August Rodin, a French sculptor, whom I admire the most as a professional.” says the sculptor.

            While talking about the waning relevance of Sculpture India, he says that it is because most of the sculptors want to secure their future. “They are money oriented, so they shift to either painting or any other field. For them art is bigger but for me art is what I am meant for,’’ he says modestly.

            When everyone is planning for Commonwealth Games, how can Gagan stay behind? He is making a 40 to 60-foot-long sculpture, which is inspired by Indus Valley civilisation. “Through this I want to show how rich Indian heritage is,” he emphasises.

By Vaishali Tanwar

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