Subhash Awchat - Ek Kriya

Commentary / Voiceover

We are in the privileged space of Subhash Awchat, the renowned Indian artist. The silence here speaks in volumes. The images here have witnessed this persona of an artist like no living being could ever. And yet here I am – trying to fathom the depths and the finer nuances of his personality and his work.

Sunlight taps happily on the glass panes as the gay colors hide a somber note here and there. Painted stories peep out, sometimes half hidden from the human eye.  Mr Awchat as I prefer to call him is quite oblivions to my presence as he goes about his work and I go on with my observations.

The floor is a kaleidoscope of colors – each splat has a story to tell maybe old – maybe new. My eyes shift to another canvass where the serenity and the aged wisdom stares out at me from behind the eyes of a young priestly face – my mind is full – unlike the blank canvasses that are primed and stacked – to be filled in with art.

The biodata is brief: Born on 11th April 1952, in a small village called Otur, in Maharashtra state, Awchat passed out of Abhinav Kala Vidyalaya in 1971. He has been painting since 1979 and has since sculpted, painted, penned his memoirs and poetry too.

I hope to discover more of this man whose love for his country and land is reflected strongly on his canvasses – for he is a dear family friend, an artist, a poet, a sculptor, an enigma. Come let me introduce you to him.

Subhash Awchat – a name - a family friend - an artist – a poet - a writer – an enigma.

I am staring at his paintings – a clown – with gay colours – a faded clown? A sad clown! – I move on – backdrop of a cemented wall with windows – transparent windows – dark windows – the clarity of the white mired with darker colours – my eyes shift to another canvass where the serenity and the aged wisdom of a sage stares out at me from behind the eyes of a young priestly face – my mind is full – unlike the blank canvasses that are primed and stacked – to be filled in – this is art and the artist is lurking somewhere within these glass doors in this legendary house of his in Bandra East. Of course it is Kala Nagar – where else would you find the neighborhood steeped in such history and meshed with art and culture – where else would modernity dare to raise its head so prominently?

I look around – the floor is a kaleidoscope of colours – each splat has a story to tell maybe old – maybe new. The bay windows filter the bright afternoon light – the green palms almost succeed in camouflaging the faint outside sounds. I turn around.

I am here to discover the man I have know as a friend for a long time now – as an artist – his art over the years has always intrigued me – fascinated me – confused me – mesmerized me. will the Art be more difficult or the Artist.. I wonder.

Mr. Awchat, as I prefer to call him – going about his work – completely ignoring me at this point – I am thankful – I need some time to adjust too.

KHANDALA

 As I wander about his palatial bungalow, nestled in the greenery of the Khandala hills – I can sense that space – the openness around him – makes him easy and comfortable. This bungalow is an extension of his personality as he explains to me –

(The pillar/ the house)

HOME and ROOTS

For an artist – he has had opportunities over the years to settle down anywhere – Europe, America – and by his own admission he feels uprooted – away from his motherland / homeland, away from his people and the culture that he is most comfortable  - he feels ‘no inspiration’ to emulate his life, his feeling on blank canvasses.

CHANGING ART SCENES AT HOME

Subhash Awchat has seen the downside of both the worlds of art – as a commercial artist when he designed book covers for prominent writers, made artworks – to a time when art slowly started replacing the calendars on the walls in Indian homes

He definitely is a long way off from the guy who had his own design shop. His transition has been to an artist who is currently high on the charts of popular Indian Artists in the World Art scenario.

He has seen the buyer as well as the investor change profiles through the last 30 years. And he has more to share.

SUBHASH  AWCHAT – THE ARTIST in THE MAN

Compulsory shots for each scene
  1. Wide pan
  2. Return pan
  3. Floor to ceiling
  4. Return high to low angle
  5. Zoom in
  6. Zoom out.


Scene 1

Car travelling on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.

Miles stone shots.

Turning into the Khandala road

The road leading to the artist house.

The gate and the entrance

Entering the bungalow.

Scene 2

Artist (awchat) sees the car from his doorway.

He comes forward to greet the people from the car.

Unloading the equipment and people getting out.

Gardener helping.

Car being parked.

Scene 3

The bungalow – exterior and interior – garden, poolside, sit-outs.

Scene 4

Tea and breakfast.

Introduction of the cook in the kitchen.

Table of food.

Being served.

Scene 5

Setting down for the interview.

Interview – question and answer – dialogues

Scene 6

Artist introduces us to his favorite spots in the house
  1. His studio.
His paints, his brushes, his canvass his palettes.

Artist demonstrates a few strokes on a blank canvass.

Artist working on a half done painting.
  1. His sitting room – his favorite books, authors, music.


Artist in a pensive mood – with a book or with a pen and paper in hand.

Artist looking out of the window.

Scene 7

Out in the garden.

Interview continues.

Going for a walk.
Project Type: 
Completed