Publication: The Tribune LIFE+STYLE
The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi will screen the film A Ballad With Sakti, made on well-known Paris-based Indian artist Sakti Burman, on Sunday, May 10, 2015, from 6.00 pm onwards at the Auditorium, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10-C, Chandigarh. The film covers various facets of Sakti Burman’s artistic journey. It has been shot in his studio in Paris and Delhi apart from various museums and places in India and France, including Kolkata, Delhi and Paris. It has comments by Jogen Chowdhury, Maite Delteil, Maya, Mansij Majumdar and Deepali Chakravarti. The film was made in 2015 and its duration is about forty-five minutes.
Born in Calcutta, in 1935, Sakti Burman graduated from the Government College of Arts & Crafts. He studied at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, visiting Italy frequently and becoming inspired by the frescoes and paintings of the Renaissance period. His paintings evoke the look of a weathered fresco, depicting figures in hues that the viewer feels were once vivid, but that are now faded. It transports one into a dream-like world, where the perspective and composition is often that of medieval icons. Burman uses a marbling effect, achieved by blending oils with acrylics, and employs pointillism to apply paint. On Burman\'s canvas, one sees mythical creatures — they tell ancient tales of courtly romances. Sakti Burman continues to live and work in Paris.