GUWAHATI, March 6 � For some people, the struggles and sufferings of life act as a catalyst to tap the inherent creativity and go ahead with a single-minded mission. Painter and sculptor Biren Singha, who has captured the hearts of thousands with his unparalleled genius, on Thursday expressed his yearning to see a peaceful and progressive Assam in the days to come.
Singha said that the present situation of Assam has fuelled distrust amongst the various ethnic groups and that he was immensely pained to see the age-old amity of the State being replaced by bloodshed and division. �As an artist I feel it is my duty to do something for the society that is going through a disturbing phase and it is through my work that I always have been voicing for peace and amity,� mentioned Singha divulging that one of his most cherished dreams was to see a united society.
An exhibition of the works of Singha printed on canvas was kicked off today on the bank of the Dighalipukhuri here. The three-day display was opened to the public by writer Homen Borgohain. Attended by a sizeable gathering of cultural luminaries, the programme also saw a book Biren Singha�s Life and Works � Passions and Impressions released by Dr Birendra Nath Datta.
Extending his gratitude to the people for the love and respect showered on him, Singha said that happiness and sorrow is integral to the existence of every human being and that his life�s challenges helped him grow up as an artist. �The struggles in my life shaped my imagination and my work. It gave me that restlessness which is very necessary to express the creative flow,� said Singha observing that since childhood his life�s journey was associated with art.
Speaking on the occasion, Homen Borgohain lauded the contributions of Singha and said that originality was one remarkable trait in the creations of Singha. He further said that the creative journey of Singha will scale new heights and enrich art.
For the visitors, this exhibition was an opportunity to get a glimpse of the works of Singha that is a wonder in thematic variation. Apart from doing statues and busts of most of the illustrious sons of the State, the sculptor has captured the emotions, the way of living and the tangible and intangible ethos of the tribal communities, particularly the Karbi community in his works.
One of the works on display is on Rongharpi Rongbe, a legendary figure who fought for freedom against monarchy and her companions, immediately touched the visitors hearts as the emotions felt by the characters was brought out through a deft hand.
The other works of Singha on display were on different moments from Ahom history.
Dr Birendra Nath Datta, praising the relentless journey of Singha through all the vicissitudes of life, said that this sculptor had many dreams that are yet to be realized. He expressed the hope that Singha, with his dedication and perseverance, will definitely see all his dreams materialising in the future.