|Veer Munshi: A Profile
Video- Language of paintings
Imagination is the most mysterious and interesting aspect of human beings. It connects our conscious with our subconscious and allows us to explore our inner self. Transforming expressions and feelings into a format that is not only a visual delight but also full of life are the qualifications of a successful artist. Veer Munshi is such an artists who creates intriguing images full of life and expression. An artist from Kashmir who has been able to show to the world through his canvas, the sufferings and pain of an exiled community.
Violence, terror and fear unleashed in Kashmir since the late 1980s had resulted in the displacement of almost the entire Kashmiri Hindu population from Kashmir valley. Veer Munshi has been able to transform his memories of forceful exodus from Kashmir into his paintings. In one of the exhibitions hosted by Art Alive Gallery in New Delhi titled "Encounter", veer featured his paintings and installations, articulating his own experience of leaving his home. This is what Madhur Tankha reported:" Evoking an ethereal landscape of lake and mountains through his canvas, Munshi confronts discerning art lovers with two figures -- one of the "common man", naked and vulnerable, and next to him a militiaman in camouflaged uniform. Standing beside each other and looking back towards the mountains, together they represent the conflicts, the violation of human rights and of denying people their freedom."
Veer Munshi was born in 1955 at Srinagar, Kashmir, graduated from Kashmir University in 1976 and later mastered in art at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, one of the premier universities of India and known throughout Asia for the Faculty of Arts & Fine Arts. He is the recipient of the Jammu & Kashmir Award for Painting in 2001 and National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Currently living and working in Gurgaon, Haryana, Veer Munshi has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions. His works have been exhibited not only in India but in different parts of the world as well. His work has been inspired not only by the political and social situation in India but also his own real life experiences. He has the ability to transform real life experiences into the language of paintings. His canvases present images which are intriguing. They cross average notions of reality and pass into a surreal realm.
Veer Munshi is an ambassador of peace travelling throughout the world. Munshi says that his own sufferings has made him conscious of the feelings of all those people who are being forced to leave their homeland across the globe. When we contacted the artist, he was in Petra Jordan. He intends to go beyond the politics of Kashmir as he can relate to the mental torture and human sufferings of those unfortunate people who are forced out of their place of living.
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